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I like bananas.
Accidents can be prevented.

We can use ‘some’ and ‘any‘ with plural countable nouns meaning ‘a bit, a quantity of‘. We
use ‘some’ in affirmative sentences and ‘any’ in negative sentences and questions:

I’d like some bananas, please.
Did you buy any apples?

We use ‘many‘ and ‘few‘ with plural countable nouns.

We didn’t take many pictures.
I have a few words to say.

Uncountable Nouns

Uncountable nouns are seen as a whole or mass. They cannot be separated or counted
and come in a state or quantity that is impossible to count. For example, we cannot count

one air, two airs, three airs…

Examples of uncountable nouns include:


abstract nouns

homework, knowledge, money, permission, research, traffic, travel

 ideas and experiencesadvice, information, progress, news, luck, fun, work
– materials and substanceswater, rice, cement, gold, milk
– food and drinksjuice, wine, meat, rice, bread, cheese, coffee
– weather wordsweather, thunder, lightning, rain, snow
– names for groups or collections of thingsfurniture, equipment, rubbish, luggage

Uncountable nouns are always considered to be singular. They have no plural, even if they
end in ‘-s‘. The verb form is singular and we can use some.

Put some sugar.
How much wine is there?
Your hair is really long!
The news was a complete shock!

NOT: advices, informations, moneys, musics, waters.


Countable and Uncountable Nouns With Exercises

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