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Count and non-count nouns

January 27, 2011 Posted by admin

There is one major difference between count and non-count nouns. In order to tell this difference look at the noun and determine whether or not it can be counted. If it could be counted it is considered a count noun, if not it is a non-count noun.

For example, “There are twenty six letters in the alphabet.” The noun in that sentence is letters. This is a count noun because it can be divided into parts. In the sentence “The weather outside is cold”, the noun would be weather. This noun would be considered a non-count noun as it cannot be divided into parts.

Please see more examples below.

Count Nouns:

couch
letter
toe
can
camera
car
dollar

Non-count Nouns:

cold
rain
progress
fun
fruit
traffic
money

When a noun cannot be counted because it is part of a whole which cannot be divided into parts it is considered a non-count noun.

Another key difference between count and non-count nouns is that a count noun can take a plural form, while a non-count noun cannot. Knowing the main differences between count and non count nouns you will be able to differentiate between the two.