Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Nouns are words that represent things, places, ideas or people. For example: computer, Tom, Seattle, history are all nouns. Nouns can be both countable and uncountable. A countable noun is something you can count such as apples, books, cars, etc. An uncountable noun is something you can't count such as information, wine, or cheese.
Are the following words countable or uncountable? Click on the arrow to see answers.
A, An or Some?
- Use "a" with objects we can count that begin with a consonant Example: a book
- Use "some" with object we can not count Example: some milk
- Use "an" with object we can count that begin with a vowel Example: an orange
A, An or Some? Quiz
Test your knowledge with this exercise. Do we use a, an or some for these words?
Asking questions for countable and uncountable objects
The use of 'much' and 'many' depends on whether a word is countable or uncountable. 'Much' is used with a singular verb for uncountable objects. 'Many' is used with countable objects with a plural verb conjugation. Complete the questions using much or many
Look at these rules
- Use "How many" for questions using countable or plural objects Example: How many books do you have?
- Use "How much" for questions using a non-countable or singular object Example: How much juice is left?
- Uuse "How much" for questions asking about ONE object Example: How much does the book cost?
- Most plurals are formed by adding "-s" to the noun or object Example: book -s = books. Some of the more important exceptions include: man - men, child - children, person - people, woman - women
Test your knowledge - Take the "Much or Many?" quiz!