Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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These Activities focus on the grammar of English. English grammar compared to other grammars is quite simple, but in its simplicity lies its complexity. The Activities here cover all aspects of English grammar from the aspects and tenses to sentence structures. English grammar covers the structure of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, and entire texts. There are eight parts of speech in English: nouns, determiners, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. The largest of these parts of speech are the nouns which, unlike most European languages, do not have grammatical gender. English grammar has largely done away with the inflectional case system of other European languages and bases its grammar on analytic constructions. The Activities in this category will go some way to helping you get a better understanding of English grammar.    


Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.

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I made a lot of video English lessons in 2010 as part of my Daily Dose of English series. Unfortunately, they never became quite as popular as I hoped they would. Nevertheless, they were interesting and relevant then and they remain so today. I have taken a video English lesson about countable and uncountable nouns and have turned it into this Britlish Library lesson. The technology I now use for my lessons allows me to explore the subject of countable and uncountable nouns in much greater detail than a simple video English lesson allows. Try this more active way of learning and see how countable and uncountable nouns really work. You will also learn about definite and indefinite articles.

Word which are countable include: accident, account, adult, adult, animal, animal, answer, apartment, article, artist, bank, battle, beach, bed, bell, book, bottle, box, boy, bridge, brother, burger, bus, bush, camp, captain, car, card, case, castle, cat, chair, chapter, chest, child, cigarette, city, class, club, coat, college, computer, corner, country, crowd, cup, day, doctor, dog, door, dream, dress, election, engine, eye, face, factory, farm, father, field, film, finger, foot, friend, game, girl, group, gun, hall, hand, handle, hat, head, page, park, party, picture, plane, plant, problem, product, programme, project, ring, river, road, room, scheme, school, ship, shirt, son, spot, star, station, stream, street, student, table, tour, town, tomatoes, village, walk, wall, week, window, woman, and year.

Words which are uncountable include: advice, Arabic, archaeology, architecture, art, baggage, baseball, basketball, bread, bridge, butter, cake, cheese, chemistry, chess, Chinese, civics, clothing, coffee, commerce, confidence, cotton, courage, cream, cricket, darkness, economics, education, energy, engineering, English, enjoyment, equipment, ethics, fish, flour, food, football, French, fruit, fun, furniture, gasoline, glass, gold, golf, grammar, hail, hair, happiness, head, Hebrew, help, Hindi, history, hockey, homework, honey, humidity, ice, ice, information, intelligence, Italian, Japanese, jewellery, knowledge, Korean, laughter, light, lightning, luggage, machinery, mathematics, meat, music, news, oil, paper, pasta, patience, peace, perfume, petrol, photography, physics, poetry, poker, politics, Portuguese, pride, progress, psychology, rain, recreation, rice, rugby, Russian, salt, silver, sleet, snow, soap, soccer, sociology, soup, space, spaghetti, Spanish, tea, tennis, thunder, toast, traffic, vocabulary, wind, and wood.

Words which can be both countable and uncountable include: art, beauty, beer, belief, breakfast, cheese, chicken, childhood, cloth, college, commitment, competition, concern, crime, culture, death, desire, dinner, disappointment, disease, divorce, drama, duck, education, environment, evening, exercise, fact, faith, fear, fiction, film, fish, flavour, food, freedom, friendship, fruit, glass, government, hair, hatred, history, home, hope, ideology, imagination, injustice, innocence, jail, jealousy, language, law, liberty, life, love, lunch, man, marriage, meat, metal, milk, morning, murder, nature, paper, passion, people, personality, philosophy, pleasure, power, prejudice, pressure, prison, punishment, race, reading, religion, revision, rock, school, science, shock, society, sorrow, space, speech, spirit, stone, strength, surprise, teaching, temptation, theatre, theory, time, tradition, trouble, truth, turkey, weakness, wine, and writing.

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