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.
An Awesome Car
One Bad-Ass Apple
The Coolest Teacher In The Universe
Three Hip Dancing Gorillas And A Chubby Crying Baby
Two Obviously Very Intelligent Soldiers Who Clearly Know Exactly What They Are Doing
In these examples – The Articles: A, An, & The – along with the Numbers: One, Two, & 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”.)
Other common forms of Un-Countable Nouns are things which are intangible (are not physical things) like ideas, philosophies, feelings, etc..
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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