“Un-Countable Noun” — English Grammar


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

What Is An “Un-Countable Noun”?

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

An “Un-CountableNoun is a Noun that represents things which can not be counted as individual units.  These are things such as:  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 CountableNoun.  It is possible for there to be many “Piles”.  This word “Pile” is used with the Quantifier, “One” — to describe How Many “Piles” there are.

The word “Shit” is an Un-Countable Noun.  It is not possible for there to be many “Shits” (at least it would not be grammatically correct to say that)  



Since the word “Shit” is an “Un-CountableNoun — the phrase:  “one big pile of” — actually functions as a “Quantifying-Phrase, which is used to refer to How Much “Shit” there is.  (It should be obvious that “One Big Pile” is not a proper unit of measure.)

The Types Of Quantifiers Used With “Un-Countable” Nouns

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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That monkey just ran up and pulled that poor dog’s tail.  And then, did a loop around that cable, before finally going back to grab one of its legs!”

However — when we are speaking about “Un-CountableNouns — 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, Room, & Pain are all “Un-CountableNouns — we use specific or general unit of measure “a glass of”, “a bottle of”, “750 ml of” — or Determiners like:  “Any”, “Plenty of”, “a significant amount of” — to say, “How Much” of each thing.

For An Excellent Contrast Between “Countable” & “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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