The Grammatical Term, “Un-Countable Noun

Its Meaning and Usage In The Common Tongue Of The English Language

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“Ketchup” & “Mustard” are Un-Countable Nouns… Steven and his beard are not 😉

 Ia 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.

AUn-Countable Noun is a Noun that represents things which can not be counted as individual units.  These are things like liquids, or anything which would be very difficult to count as individual units.  They can also be abstract things like:  feelings, thoughts, emotions, or…
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The word “Pile” is a Countable Noun, which is – here – used as a Quantifier, to describe “How Much” shit there is.  The word “Shit” is an Un-Countable Noun – and so it must have a quantifier which represents “How Much”, rather than “How Many”.

To speak about Countable Nouns we can use Articles (a, an, & the), Numbers, and Direct or Indirect Pronouns (His, Her’s, This, That, etc.) in order to say, “how many”.

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A monkey, ran up and pulled the dog’s tail, before running off, doing a loop around that cable, and finally going back to grab one of his legs.” 

However, when we are speaking about Un-Countable Nouns we have to use some sort of unit of measure (a glass of…, a bottle of…, 750 ml of wine.)

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Or we can use some other Determiner (a Word which indicates specific information about the Noun) which MAY be much less exact and may be different for each individual.  (However — you can see by the example of 750ml — it can also be very exact.)

For Example:

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“Do I have any sand on my face?” 

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“Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room.” 

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“I’m experiencing a significant amount of pain.” 

Since Wine, Sand, Face, Room, and Pain are all Un-Countable Nouns – we use specific or general unit of measure a glass of, a bottle of, 750 ml of, or Determiners like any, my, plenty of, a significant amount of to say, “how much”, and/or “which one” of each thing.

For An Excellent Contrast Between Countable And Un-Countable Nouns, Watch The Video Below

Countable Nouns

One Man

A Big Smile

Three Hot-Dogs

A Few Hot-Dog Buns

About Four Or Five Lollipops

Only A Few Meatballs

A Million Little Sprinkles

And A Cherry

Un-Countable Nouns

A Bunch Of Cereal and Milk

A Huge Pile Of Ketchup & Mustard

Many Pieces Of Chopped Onion

A Bowl-Full Of Candy

A Monster Pile Of Spaghetti with Sauce

Some Big Chunks Of Parmesan Cheese

A Big Glop Of Chocolate Sauce

Some Ice-Cream

Some More Chocolate

A Bit Of Whipped Cream

And All That Means A Lot Of Awesomeness, Hilarity, And Joy!

(Three more Un-Countable Nouns

Have An Excellent Day!





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