Uncountable Nouns

What is a countable and what is an uncountable noun? This page will discuss what are uncountable nouns, how to make a countable noun countable and practice activities to improve this area of vocabulary.

Countable & Uncountable

A countable noun means it can be counted. Often you can use an article ('a' or 'an') in front of the noun. Some countable nouns are irregular and follow different rules; one child or two children / one fish or two fish. Countable nouns can use quantifiers such as some, any, many, a few, a lot of, lots of, plenty of, etc...

An uncountable noun means it can not be counted. It doesn't use a article ('a' or 'an') and is never made plural so information NOT informations. Countable nouns usually use a singular verb 'is' - Information is on our website. Uncountable nouns can use quantifiers like some, any, (not) much, little, and phrasal quantifiers of 'a piece of', 'a member of', 'an amount of', ' a type of', etc...

BOTH Countable & uncountable nouns

Some nouns can be both depending on the context. For example, coffee is uncountable as a product or a crop, but it is countable when it is a drink in cafe. Hair is uncountable on the head and explaining the colour, but it is countable as an individual hair.

Uncountable Nouns lesson

This lesson includes asks students to discuss what are countable & uncountable nouns and place them under a suitable heading. It then includes a worksheet with a number of errors and finishes with a speaking consolidation activity.

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Vocabulary: uncountable nouns

A great lesson to improve students' knowledge on countable and uncountable nouns. It includes a matching activity with a variety of countable & uncountable nouns. It then includes a worksheet where students identify the mistakes. This sheet reinforces quantifiers (some, any, a lot of, much, many, and phrases 'a piece of..' etc...) It finishes with a productive speaking activity.


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