English Review of Countable and Uncountable Nouns


This module offers a review of countable and uncountable (noncountable) nouns for learners who have previously learned about this grammar in a previous English course.

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A noun can be countable or uncountable.

Countable Nouns

Countable nouns can be singular (=one) or Plural (= two or more)You can use “a/an” or “one” for singular countable nouns, and “two/three (etc.)” for plural countable nouns

one apple, an apple (singular)  –  apples, two apples, three apples, etc (plural)
one piece, a piece (singular) – pieces, two pieces, three pieces, etc (plural)
one glass, a glass (singular) – glasses, two glasses, three glasses, etc. (plural)

Uncountable Nouns

You can’t say one/two/three (etc.) + uncountable noun, and you cannot use a/an + uncountable noun
Uncountable nouns have only one form and is typically used with “some”, “a lot of”, “many”, or “much”.

air (singular), some/a lot of/much air (plural)   (not “an air”, or “one air”, or “airs”)
anger (singular), some/a lot of/much anger (plural)   (not “an anger”, or “one anger”, or “angers”)

Examples of words that signify the quantity of a noun:

A lot (of)
A little (bit of)

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The CEFR is an international standard used to describe language ability. Here are specific details of the CEFR for this topic.

General Explanation:
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
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I can write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs. I can write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.
Spoken Production:
I can use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions, my educational background and my present or most recent job.
Spoken Interaction:
I can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. I can handle very short social exchanges, even though I can’t usually understand enough to keep the conversation going myself.
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