Count Nouns vs. Non-Count Nouns
Can be counted as one or more.
Take an s to form the plural.
- pen, computer, bottle, spoon, desk, cup, television, chair, shoe, finger, flower, camera, stick, balloon, book, table, comb, etc.
Work with expressions such as (a few, few, many, some, every, each, these, and the number of).
- pens, computers, bottles, spoons, desks, cups, televisions, chairs, shoes, fingers, flowers, cameras, sticks, balloons, books, tables, combs, etc.
Work with appropriate articles (a, an, or the).
- a few pens, a few computers, many bottles, some spoons, every desk, each cup, these televisions, the number of chairs, a few shoes, a few fingers, many flowers, some cameras, every stick, each balloon, these books, the number of tables, many combs, etc.
Do NOT work with much (for example, you would never say much pens or much computers).
- a pen, the computer, a bottle, the spoon, a desk, the cup, a television, the chair, a shoe, the finger, a flower, the camera, a stick, the balloon, a book, the table, a comb, etc.
Cannot be counted. They usually express a group or a type.
Generally cannot be pluralized.
- water, wood, ice, air, oxygen, English, Spanish, traffic, furniture, milk, wine, sugar, rice, meat, flour, soccer, sunshine, etc.
Work both with and without an article (a, an, or the), depending on the context of the sentence.
Work with expressions such as (some, any, enough, this, that, and much).
- Sugar is sweet.
- The sunshine is beautiful.
- I drink milk.
- He eats rice.
- We watch soccer together.
- The wood is burning.
Do NOT work with expressions such as (these, those, every, each, either, or neither).
- We ate some rice and milk.
- I hope to see some sunshine today.
- This meat is good.
- She does not speak much Spanish.
- Do you see any traffic on the road?
- That wine is very old.
Choose all of the non-count nouns in the following list:
wine, student, pen, water, wind, milk, computer, furniture, cup, rice, box, watch, potato, wood
wine, water, wind, milk, furniture, rice, wood