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  • Count nouns are nouns that you can make plural. Noncount nouns are nouns that you cannot make

  • plural.

  • So which nouns are count, and which nouns are noncount? This point of grammar can be

  • difficult for English language learners. There are no consistent rules that guarantee whether

  • a noun is count or noncount. Many noun forms must simply be memorized. And you may need

  • to check a dictionary to make sure that you can make a certain noun plural.

  • Several videos during Week 4 and Week 5 of this unit will focus on using nouns.

  • For now, consider some guidelines that can help you to know which nouns are count and

  • which nouns are non-count.

  • First, consider the name. Think about the word count. We call nouns that can be made

  • plural count nouns because you can count them: one ring, two rings, three rings, and so forth.

  • The other nouns, noncount nouns, are nouns that you cannot count. Every baker bakes with

  • flour. But you cannot measure flour by saying one flour, two flours, and so forth. There

  • is a different way of measuring noncount nouns, and I'll talk about that in another lesson,

  • but you cannot make noncount nouns plural.

  • Second, there are certain categories of nouns that are usually noncount. These nouns are

  • not always noncount, but they usually are.

  • One category is materials--in other words, what things are made out of. Glass, plastic,

  • metal, and wood are examples. When these words represent materials, they are noncount. Do

  • not add s to these words when they refer to the material that makes up a product.

  • Another category is food. Now, some nouns for food are count, and some are noncount.

  • There are certain kinds of food that have units that you can count. One carrot, two

  • carrots, three carrots, and so forth. Other kinds are noncount and do not have individual

  • units: flour, milk, cheese, meat, and so forth.

  • Another category is abstract nouns. These are nouns that you cannot see, but they're

  • still real: commitment, adventure, information, knowledge, and so forth.

  • Third, noncount nouns often refer to a category of several count nouns. Consider these count

  • nouns: nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars. What noncount noun do we use to refer to all

  • of these? That's right: money. Consider these count nouns: tables, chairs. What noncount

  • noun can refer to both of these? Tables and chairs are examples of furniture. Consider

  • these count nouns: seconds, minutes, hours. What noncount noun can refer to all of these?

  • The category is time.

  • The best advice that I can give you to identify count and noncount nouns is this: keep communicating.

  • As you read and listen, you will see and hear accurate uses of these nouns. As you speak

  • and write, you will get practice with choosing and using the correct forms.

  • During Week 4 and Week 5 of this unit, you can watch videos to learn more about nouns.

  • The topics will include forming plural nouns, forming possessive nouns, using nouns as adjectives,

  • practicing with count and noncount nouns, and using expressions of quantity for count

  • and non-count nouns.

  • Now, I want to hear from you. Identifying count and noncount nouns can be difficult.

  • I have given you some general categories that can help, but I wonder what other methods

  • help English learners to identify count and non-count nouns. What strategies do you follow

  • for identifying count and noncount nouns? Add a comment below this video to join the

  • discussion.

Count nouns are nouns that you can make plural. Noncount nouns are nouns that you cannot make

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Introduction to English count and noncount nouns

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    阿多賓 posted on 2013/11/21
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