Uncountable nouns are the names of things which we cannot count.
They don’t have plural forms.
It is not quantified by numbers and never has articles ‘a’ or ‘an’ before them.
Eg: We can say ‘bottles’ but we cannot say ‘milks’
Types of Uncountable Nouns
There are different types of uncountable nouns. The list of the same is given below:
Liquids & metals: These are uncountables and therefore not used in the plural
Liquids: oil, milk and water
Metals: Gold, platinum, copper
Grains and Powder: We cannot make a plural of these items by adding ‘s’ at the end.
Natural phenomena & Feelings: We can neither count them using numbers nor can add ‘s’ at the end to make them plural.
Natural phenomena: snow, sunshine, weather.
Feelings: enthusiasm, anger, happiness, courage
Gas, abstract ideas & metals: When some words are used in the plural, they become countable with changed meanings.
Eg: air = atmosphere whereas airs= affected manners.
Advice = counsel whereas advices = information
Copper = metal whereas coppers = copper coins.
Abstract nouns: They have no plural and hence are uncountable.
Eg: Hope, charity, love, kindness.
Pronouns or Questioning Adverbs used for uncountable nouns
In the case of uncountable nouns the pronouns and questioning adverbs should be used in this way:
Eg: Using much and many to enquire about quantity.
‘Much’ is used with uncountable nouns and ‘many’ is used with countable nouns.
How many? /these/not many/many
How much?/this/not much/a lot of
The concept of countable and uncountable nouns will help you to improve your grammar. It will also aid in pronunciation which is of great help in the IELTS writing and speaking test.
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