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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.

  • car
  • wine some
  • beer
  • orange
  • sand
  • book
  • sugar

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?

  • book
  • wine some
  • rice
  • apple
  • music
  • tomato
  • rain
  • cassette
  • egg
  • food

Asking questions for countable and uncountable objects

Much and Many

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

  • How money do you have?
  • How people live in your city?
  • How does that book cost?
  • How rice is there?
  • How apples are there in the basket?
  • How petrol do we need?
  • How children are in the class?
  • How teachers do you have?

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!

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