Monday, 19 December 2011


Making uncountable nouns countable

Most of the uncountable nouns can be changed to countable nouns by putting a countable expression in front of the noun.

For example:-
  • piece of information.
  • Two glasses of drinking water.
  • 10 litres of carbonated drinks.
  • Three grains of sand.
  • piece of paper.
Sources of confusion with countable and uncountable nouns

There are times when the notion of countable and uncountable nouns brings confusion to the users.

Some nouns can be countable or uncountable depending on their meaning.

Usually a noun is uncountable when it is used in a general, abstract meaning (when you don't think of it as a separate object).

On the other hand, countable nouns are used in a particular meaning (when you can think of it as a separate object).

These are the examples:-
glass - A glass of water. (Countable) | A window made of glass. (Uncountable)

Some uncountable nouns can act like a countable noun if we put them as being in containers, or one of several types.

This is because 'containers' and 'types' can be counted.
These are the examples:-
Doctors recommend limiting consumption to two coffees a day. 

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