Count and Non-count Nouns in Context

Count nouns can be counted as one or more.

Non-count nouns cannot be counted. They usually express a group or a type. Listen to the examples below:

 

 

Non-count Nouns
I’d like to buy some _________.

How much do you need?

Let’s see. Five ____s* should be enough.

All right. Five____s of ________.

Anything else?

No, that will be all for today.

*Use measure words with non-count nouns.

For example:

Three bottles of milk.
Two cans of soda pop.
A pound of ground beef.

Count Nouns
I’d like to buy some ______ s.

How many do you need?

Let’s see. Five (of them) should be enough.

All right. Five __________s.

Anything else?

No, that will be all for today.

Measure words can also be used for count nouns.

For example:

Four boxes of crackers.
A package of cookies.
Six pounds of apples.

Or: Six apples

Seven donuts

 

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