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Countable and Uncountable Nouns (Part 1)

20/7/17 Countable and Uncountable Nouns (Part 1)

Countable and Uncountable Nouns Part 1

Not all languages treat things in the same way. For example, hair can be uncountable in English, but is plural countable in many languages such as Spanish; grapes is a plural countable word in English, but uncountable in some other languages. Here is a list of some common words which are usually uncountable in English, but which have countable equivalents in some other languages. Corresponding countable expressions are also given.

Uncountable Countable
accommodation a place to live
(NOT an accommodation)
advice a piece of advice
(NOT an advice)
baggage a piece of baggage; a case/ trunk/ bag
bread a piece of bread; a loaf, a roll
chess a game of chess
chewing gum a piece of chewing gum
equipment a piece of equipment; a tool
furniture a piece/ article of furniture
grass a blade of grass
information a piece of information
knowledge a fact

The list goes on tomorrow in Part 2.


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