Countable and uncountable nouns

difference between how much how many

In English grammar, countable nouns are individual people, animals, places, things, or ideas which can be counted. Uncountable nouns are not individual objects, so they cannot be counted.

Things that we can count by 1, 2, 3 etc.Things that we can’t count by 1,2, 3 etc.

If you want to count something uncountable, use the words:

  • News
  • Advice
  • Paper
  • Information


These nouns are always uncountable in English:

  • Money
  • Work
  • Love
  • Information
  • Bread
Countable nouns have got singular and plural formsUncountable nouns have only got singular form
  • one man – two men
  • an apple – two apples
  • a plum – some plums
Always use a / an with singular formsNever use a/an
Used with Countable Nouns Only

  • a
  • many
  • few
  • a few
Used with Uncountable Nouns Only

  • much
  • little
  • a little bit of

Used with Countable & Uncountable Nouns

  • the
  • some
  • any
  • no
  • a lot of
  • lots of
  • enough
  • plenty of

Detailed information about countable and uncountable nouns

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