English/Parts of Speech/Nouns/Countability

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Countability is a very important idea about nouns. Some other ideas depend on countability.

  • Count nouns are things that can be counted, like spoons, boys, and houses.
    • We can say one spoon, two boys, and three houses.
  • Non-count nouns are things that can not be counted, but they can be measured.
    • We say: "a cup of milk", but not "3 milks".
    • We say: "a pound of sugar", but not "25 sugars".
    • We say: "a bucket of sand" but not "100 sands".
  • Collective nouns are things that are the name of a group of things, like choirs, sets, and teams.
    • A team is one group of people to play a game. Two teams are two groups of people to play a game.
    • A school is the building and all the people who go to the school or work at the school.

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