“Ketchup” & “Mustard” are Un-Countable Nouns… Steven and his beard are not 😆
An “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…
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) .
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
“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-Countable” Nouns — we have to use some sort of unit of measure (a glass of…, a bottle of…, 750 ml of wine.)
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.)
“Do I have anysand on my face?”
“Don’t worry, there’s plenty ofroom.”
“I’m experiencing a significant amount ofpain.”
Since 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” — orDeterminers 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
A Big Smile
A Few Hot-Dog Buns
About Four Or Five Lollipops
Only A Few Meatballs
A Million Little Sprinkles
And A Cherry
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 More Chocolate
A Bit Of Whipped Cream
And All That Means A Lot Of Awesomeness, Hilarity, And Joy!