Countable and uncountable nouns



And the other ones are number and amount. If you can count the noun, the adjective would be number and if you cannot, then it would be amount. So you would never talk about the amount of people being somewhere, but the number.

If you are interested in countable and countable nouns, keep your eyes out for a longer and more detailed post about them in the next week or so.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

3 thoughts

  1. Sigh. It’s probably not helped by the poor grammar in common usage, for example at supermarket express checkouts: “8 items or less”.

  2. That’s a great , simple explanation of what seems to throw many native English speakers. I think it is because several generations of English pupils were not taught grammar, because the Government decided that “expressing oneself” was more important than rules. Bah, I think it is an excuse for poor teaching and laziness.

    1. English speakers are terrible with this. Even worst than non-native speakers I think. It is from being badly taught and laziness I think, as you said.

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