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Grammar and Vocabulary
Count and Non-Count Nouns
Count nouns refer to people, places, or things that can be counted. They can be made plural, usually by adding -s or -es at the end.
Here is a chart of some count nouns, the categories into which they fit, and their singular and plural forms:
Non-count nouns are used to describe a quality, action, thing, or substance that can be poured or measured. They also refer to a whole category made up of different varieties or a group of things that is made up of many individual parts. They do not have a plural form.
Here are some examples of non-count nouns and the categories into which they fit:
Here is a chart of individual items within a category (the count nouns), and the name of the category (the non-count nouns).
Some nouns, like “time,” can be used as either a count noun or a non-count noun.
How much time did it take for you to drive to school?
This is a non-count noun because it refers to a category that contains smaller items (think of it as a “group” of minutes).
How many times did you take the test before you passed?
This is a count noun, because you can count exactly how many separate times you took the test.
Here are some other nouns that can be used as both count nouns or non-count nouns:
If you’re still not sure how to identify non-count nouns and count nouns, you can look them up in the dictionary.
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