English Lesson: Countable Vs Uncountable Nouns

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Whenever I am in the car I listen to the radio. There are some good radio stations that play music I like, and others that have a lot of music I’m really not into. I like to listen to both old songs and new songs. In fact, I listen to a lot of different music, from pop to rock to classical. Some music on the radio reminds me of when I was in high school. I still like those old songs. Maybe I’m too nostalgic…

Today we’ll start a mini-series of lessons looking at countable and uncountable nouns. Do you know the difference? Have a look at the paragraph above, and then check today’s lesson.

English nouns can be divided into two categories  – countable, and uncountable. Countable nouns are words that represent things we can count. For example, the word song is a countable noun. Here are some examples:

  • Two songs by Lady Gaga are in that movie.
  • An iPod can hold hundreds of songs.
  • The Beatles had a lot of hit songs.

As you know, when there is more than one of a countable noun, we use the plural form, In most cases, that means the noun + s → One song, two songs.

Uncountable nouns are words that represent things we cannot count. For example, the word music is an uncountable noun.  Here are some examples:

  • Music by Lady Gaga is in that movie.
  • An iPod can hold a lot of music.
  • The Beatles music was very popular.

Remember, there is no plural form of an uncountable noun.

Here is a list of food nouns. For homework, try to divide the list into two groups, countable and uncountable.

apple – cake – fish – pasta – banana – carrot – mushroom- rice – butter – salt       
pizza – beer – chicken – grape – pork – bread – clam – meat – cucumber – onion         

If you like, use this link to send me your homework and I’ll check it for you. Tomorrow, we will look at how to talk about nouns. Stay tuned!