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Countable and Uncountable Nouns in English

Countable nouns are able to be counted (pencil, apple, person). They have plural forms (pencils, apples, people).

Uncountable nouns are ideas, non-physical concepts, or grouped objects (love, food, work). They don’t have plural forms, though some end in an ‘s’ (politics, economics)

With countable nouns, we can use numbers in front (I have two kids.) or an indefinite article (I have a kid.)

With uncountable nouns, we can only use a definite article (The food here is good.) or no article (Fruit is healthy.)

Countable or Uncountable?

Choose if each item is countable or uncountable.

Salt

Uncountable!

Vegetable

Countable!

Hope

Uncountable! (It’s an idea/concept)

Money

Uncountable! (It’s a concept)

Clock

Countable!

Time

Countable or Uncountable – If you use time to speak about the concept of ‘time’, it is uncountable. If you use it like “I told you 3 times”, then you are using it with the same meaning as ‘instance’, so it could be countable in that instance!