The Grammatical Term, “Countable Noun

It’s Meaning and Usage in The Common Tongue Of The English Language


A Countable Noun (sometimes foolishly referred to as a, “Count Noun) is a Noun (person, place, thing, event, or idea) which can be “counted” – and is usually preceded by either a Number or an Article.


For Example:


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An Awesome Car


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One Bad-Ass Apple


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The Coolest Teacher In The Universe


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Three Hip Dancing Gorillas AndChubby Crying Baby


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Two Obviously Very Intelligent Soldiers Who Clearly Know Exactly What They Are Doing
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In these examples – The ArticlesA, An, & The – along with the NumbersOneTwo, & Three – indicate how many of each Noun they are referring to.  These are referred to as Quantifiers (yes, Articles also qualify as Quantifiers 😉 ) because they indicate the “quantity” (how many) of the Nouns there are – or how many they are referring to.


Countable Nouns are different from Un-Countable Nouns (again, foolishly referred to as, “Non-Count Nouns) because they refer to individual units.  Un-Countable Nouns are Nouns which refer to things which – when increased in “size” or “amount” – do not necessarily increase in “number“; you can also say that they increase in “mass” or volume (which is why some people logically call them, “Mass Nouns.)


For Example:


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Wine


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Sand


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Coffee


Other common forms of Un-Countable Nouns are things which are intangible (are not physical things) like ideas, philosophies, feelings, etc..


For Example:


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Fright


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Pain


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Happiness


To learn more about Un-Countable Nouns in much more detail, you can view the post specifically about that topic HERE.  And to learn more Grammatical-Awesomeness here on GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!, Click Here.


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P.S.  A special thanks to my student, Linh, from Viet Nam – who let me know that the original post about “Countable Nouns” had fallen into a worm-hole.  This is a much cooler version of that post rescued from a parallel dimension of far-greater awesomeness…  “Thanks Linh!!!” 😉

 

 

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  1. July 11, 2016

    […] video is talking about is directly related to the two Grammar Lessons that we just finished, about Countable and Un-Countable […]

  2. July 14, 2016

    […]  In a previous post, I explained what a Countable Noun is, and I also gave a brief explanation of Un-Countable Nouns (sometimes foolishly referred to as, “Non-Count Nouns”.)  So now we’ll go more in-depth into that subject. […]

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