English/Parts of Speech/Nouns/Countability
|English Wikibook (edit)|
|General: Introduction - Grammar|
|Parts of speech: Nouns - Verbs - Adjectives - Adverbs - Pronouns - Conjunctions - Prepositions - Interjections
|Parts of the sentence: Subjects - Predicates
|Word functions: Subjects - Predicates - Direct Objects - Indirect Objects - Objects of the Preposition
|Types of sentences: Simple Sentences - Complex Sentences
|Types of Phrases: Adjective - Adverb - Noun|
|Types of Clauses: Adjective - Adverb - Noun|
|Other English topics: Gerunds - Idiomatic Phrases - Spelling - Vocabulary - Punctuation - Syntax - Appositives - Phonics - Pronunciation|
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.