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In English, we have count and noncount nouns:

Noncount Nouns

Count Nouns

chair

love

student

money

day

weather

song

food

computer

fruit

room

furniture

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Count & Noncount Nouns Count Nouns ยก

ยก

child

Plural รท books,

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Not singular & not plural o This kind of nouns: Rice Knowledge Homework News o

Singular รท book,

Noncount Nouns

children

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count nouns can have singular and plural forms and can be counted numerically. most count nouns can be made plural by adding –s or –es.

book

box

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books

boxes

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3 books

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2 boxes

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• I bought a chair. Sam bought three chairs. • We bought some furniture. XXXXXX

We bought some furnitures.

INCORRECT

XXXXXX

We bought a furniture.

INCORRECT

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Count & Noncount Nouns Type

SINGULAR

PLURAL

COUNT NOUN

• a chair • one chair

• Ø chairs • two chairs • some chairs • a lot of chairs • many chairs

NONCOUNT NOUN

• Ø furniture • some furniture • a lot of furniture • much furniture

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A count noun: 1. may be preceded by a/an in the singular. 2. takes a final –s /es i n the plural. A noncount noun: 1. is not immediately preceded by a/an . 2. has no plural form, so does not take a final –s /es.

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COUNT AND NONCOUNT NOUNS  

UNDERSTANDING AND USING ENGLISH GRAMMAR