Countable and Uncountable Nouns:  In English grammar, words that refer to people, places, or things are referred to as nouns. Nouns can be classified based on the quantity into two types, namely, Countable and Uncountable Nouns. Countable nouns are nouns that can be counted, such as one tree, two trees, etc. whereas uncountable nouns are nouns that cannot be counted such as rain, rains, etc.

What are Countable and Uncountable Nouns?

Countable Nouns: Nouns that can be counted whether singular( a dog, a house, a friend, etc.) or plural( a few books, lots of oranges, etc) is a countable nouns. Such nouns can be used with articles(a, an), with numbers, or with determiners(these, those, few, etc.). After adding ‘-s’, the countable noun becomes plural.

Singular FormPlural Form
treetrees
chairchairs
bottlebottles
studentstudents

Uncountable Nouns: Nouns that cannot be counted, they are always in the singular form. Such nouns do not have a plural form. They generally refer to abstractions (such as confidence or advice) or collectives (such as equipment or luggage).

Singular Form
Money
Water
Furniture
Information

Countable and Uncountable Nouns Examples

Countable Nouns Examples: Some of the examples of Countable Noun are-

  • He is going to start a restaurant.
  • His brother had two cars from the showroom.
  • A Hindu temple is situated in Kedarnath in India.
  • He issued a book from the library.
  • He crossed a bridge built on a river.

Uncountable Nouns Examples: Some of the examples of UnCountable Noun are-

  • Listening to music will make you feel relaxed.
  • Beauty is potent but money is omnipotent.
  • A spaceship sent by NASA has lost its orbit into space.
  • Sheena is always full of energy.
  • He was late because of the bad weather.

List of Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Here is the list of countable and uncountable nouns, these are-

List of Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Countable NounsUncountable Nouns
BurgerBread
OrangeRice
CookiesCoffee
SaladCheese
FriesJuices
Hot dogmeat
SandwichesChocolate
Pancakefruits
GrapesMilk

Countable Nouns Vs Uncountable Nouns 

There are many differences between countable Nouns and uncountable Nouns, these are-

Countable Nouns Vs Uncountable Nouns
Based UponCountable NounsUncountable Nouns 
CountCan be in numbers.Cannot be counted in numbers.
FormCan be both in singular and plural forms.Usually in the singular form.
PluralityCan be made in plural form.Cannot be generally made plural.
QuestionsUsed for the interrogative expression ‘how many.’ Used for the interrogative expression ‘how much"

 

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Countable and Uncountable Nouns- FAQs

Ans. Nouns that can be counted whether singular( a dog, a house, a friend, etc.) or plural( a few books, lots of oranges, etc) is a countable nouns. Such nouns can be used with articles(a, an), with numbers, or with determiners(these, those, few, etc.). After adding ‘-s’, the countable noun becomes plural

Ans. Nouns that cannot be counted, they are always in the singular form. Such nouns do not have a plural form. They generally refer to abstractions (such as confidence or advice) or collectives (such as equipment or luggage).

Ans. Some of the examples of Countable Noun are- He is going to start a restaurant, His brother had two cars from the showroom, A Hindu temple is situated in Kedarnath in India

Ans. Some of the examples of Uncountable Noun are- Listening to music will make you feel relaxed, We are relaxing our bodies beside the beach, A spaceship sent by NASA has lost its orbit into space

Ans. The major difference between Countable and Uncountable Noun is that, countable noun can be counted whereas uncountable nouns cannot be counted.

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