At the Airport Check-in

Conversation

In this lesson, you will hear a conversation at the airport check in between a Clerk and a Passenger. Then you will learn about the difference between uncountable nouns and countable nouns. How to use countable nouns and uncountable nouns in everyday English conversation. Finally, you will do the exercise to understand the lesson.

Clerk Are you travelling to Dubai?
Passenger Yes, I am.
Clerk Can I see your ticket and passport, please?
Passenger Here you are.
Clerk Thank you. How many bags are you checking in?
Passenger Two.
Clerk Did you pack the bags yourself?
Passenger Yes, I did.
Clerk Has anyone given you anything to carry?
Passenger No, they haven’t.
Clerk Can I see your hand luggage, please?
Passenger Yes, here it is.
Clerk Thank you. That’s fine. Now would you like a window seat or an aisle seat?
Passenger An aisle seat, please.
Clerk Here’s your boarding card. Boarding is at 8:15 from gate number 12. Have a nice flight.
Passenger Thank you. Goodbye.
Clerk Goodbye.

 

Language Notes:

Travelling (v)
the act of going from one place to another

ticket (n)
A paper slip or card indicating that its holder has paid for a specified service, such as travelling on a bus, train, airplane or entering a place.

passport (n)
An official document issued by a government identifying a citizen, certifying his or her nationality

check in (v)
To register

hand luggage (n)
luggage that is light enough to be carried by hand

window seat (n)
A seat next to a window, on a bus or airplane

aisle seat (n)
the seat in the middle of the airplane

boarding card (n)
a pass that allows you to board a ship or plane

boarding (n)
the act of passengers getting aboard a ship or aircraft

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Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Some nouns in English are countable or uncountable. We can use countable nouns in singular form and plural form, meanwhile the uncountable nouns are only i singular form.

I’ve got some pencils and a notebook. And I also have two rulers, an eraser and some ink. I drink some water and start doing my homework.

In the above example, we have some countable and uncountable nouns. What are they?

Countable Uncountable
some pencils some ink
a notebook some water
two rulers home work
an eraser

 

A noise or noise?

The uncountable noun is more general and countable noun is more specific.

Countable Uncountable
We heard a strange noise. (a particular noise) Traffic noise is very annoying. (noise in general)
This museum has a very expensive painting. My sister likes painting very much.
Michael Jackson has an excited life Life is always very beautiful.
Football is a sport. Do you like sport?

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How to know if a noun is countable or uncountable

Some nouns in English can be both countable or uncountable and they sometimes have different meanings.

  • He has a box of chocolates. (manu individual chocolates)
  • He eats some chocolate before the run. (a piece of chocolate from a bar)
  • Would you like some cake? (a piece of cake)
  • I made a cake this afternoon. (the whole cake)
  • I turned all the lights on. (the lights = the light bulbs)
  • I like to sit by the window where there’s more light. (light = bright)

 

A tea or tea?

Drink is usually uncountable.

  • Tea is cheaper than coffee.

But when we talk about the drink, we often say a tea or a cup of tea.

  • Four teas, please (= four cups of teas)
  • Do you want a cup of tea?

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Uncountable noun to use as countable noun

When we are talking about a particular kind or about different kinds of something, we will use the uncountable noun as a countable noun

  • Heineken is a Dannish beer (= a kind of Danish beer)
  • The use of papers has become more and more wasted. (= the use of different kinds of papers)

 

Exercise

1. Are the statements True (T) or False (F)

[rapid_quiz question=”The passenger is travelling to Japan.” answer=”False” options=”True|False” notes=””]

[rapid_quiz question=”The clerk wans to see his passport.” answer=”True” options=”True|False” notes=””]

[rapid_quiz question=”He’s checking in two bags.” answer=”True” options=”True|False” notes=””]

[rapid_quiz question=”He didn’t packed his bag.” answer=”False” options=”True|False” notes=””]

[rapid_quiz question=”He hasn’t got any hand luggage.” answer=”False” options=”True|False” notes=””]

[rapid_quiz question=”He wants to sit next to the window.” answer=”False” options=”True|False” notes=””]

 

2. Choose the correct answer

[rapid_quiz question=”Choose the correct question.” answer=”Would you like an orange?” options=”Would you like an orange?|Would you like orange?|Would you like a orange?” notes=”Correct answer: Would you like an orange?”]

[rapid_quiz question=”Choose the correct sentence.” answer=”I need some lemons.” options=”I need a lemons.|I need an lemon.|I need some lemons.” notes=”Correct answer: I need some lemons.”]

[rapid_quiz question=”Choose the correct sentence.” answer=”Chickens have two legs” options=”Some chickens have two legs|Chickens have two legs|Some chickens has two legs” notes=”Correct answer: Chickens have two legs”]

[rapid_quiz question=”Choose the correct sentence” answer=”Have some cheese on your bread” options=”Have a cheese on your bread|Have some cheeses on your bread|Have some cheese on your bread” notes=”Correct answer: Have some cheese on your bread”]

[rapid_quiz question=”Choose the correct sentence” answer=”I have an apple from the shop.” options=”I have an apple from the shop.|I have a apple from the shop.|I have some apples from the shop.” notes=”Correct answer: I have some apples from the shop.”]

[rapid_quiz question=”Choose the correct answer” answer=”I love beer!” options=”I love beer!|I love some beer!|I love a beers!” notes=”Correct answer: I love beer!”]

[rapid_quiz question=”Choose the correct answer” answer=”She’s got some new trousers.” options=”She’s got a new trousers.|She’s got some new trousers.|She’s got a new trouser.” notes=”Correct answer: She’s got some new trousers”]

[rapid_quiz question=”Choose the correct answer” answer=”Would you like a tea?” options=”Would you like a tea?|Would you like one teas?|Would you like an tea?” notes=”Correct answer: Would you like a tea?”]

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