“Un-Countable Noun” — English Grammar

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[su_dropcap style=”flat”] I[/su_dropcap]n a previous post — I explained what a “Countable” Noun is, and I also gave a brief explanation of “Un-Countable” Nouns (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  😆


[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap]n “Un-Countable” Noun 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 “Countable” Noun.  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)  

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Since the word “Shit” is an “Un-Countable” Noun — 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


[su_dropcap style=”flat”]T[/su_dropcap]o 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!”


[su_dropcap style=”flat”]H[/su_dropcap]owever — 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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[su_dropcap style=”flat”]O[/su_dropcap]r 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.”


[su_dropcap style=”flat”]S[/su_dropcap]ince Wine, Sand, Room, & 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”, “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



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“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

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“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

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

(Three more Un-Countable Nouns)


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Have An Excellent Day!

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