Countable and uncountable nouns

19 Nov

Read the following sentences and decide whether the nouns written in italics are countable (C) or uncountable (U).

  1. He used the computer to find some information.
  2. She unfolded the towel on the sand.
  3. There was too much furniture in the living room.
  4. The radio was playing a nice song.
  5. She gave me some useful advice.
  6. He put a picture on her desk.
  7. The rice was steaming on a plate.
  8. 11. They had to gather research on the Internet.

 Answer

  1. U
  2. U
  3. U
  4. C
  5. U
  6. C
  7. U
  8. U
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Frequency adverbs

19 Nov

Complete each sentence with a frequency adverb so it is true for you.

 

 

always        often        sometimes        occasionally        never

 

  1. I get up early in the morning.
  2. I am late for work.
  3. I take a taxi to work.
  4. I play computer games.
  5. I watch TV in bed.
  6. I go to the theatre.
  7. I cook a meal for my family.
  8. I eat chocolate.

 

Questions with who

19 Nov

Decide if “who” is the subject or object of the following questions.

  1. Who wants /does want a cup of tea?
  2. Who won / did win the match yesterday?
  3. Who knows / does know the answer this question?
  4. Who knew / did you meet at the party last night?
  5. Who did tell / told you the news?
  6. Who lives / does live next door?
  7. Who smoked / did smoke in my car?
  8. Who broke / did break my pencil?

 

Answer

  1. Who wants a cup of tea?
  2. Who won the match yesterday?
  3. Who knows the answer this question?
  4. Who did you meet at the party last night?
  5. Who told you the news?
  6. Who lives next door?
  7. Who smoked in my car?
  8. Who broke my pencil

Countable or Uncountable

18 Nov

Are the following nouns countable (C) or uncountable (U)?  Which of them could be both?

water

 

computer

children

news

information

word

machine

page

money

dollar

month

people

equipment

meat

glasses

gasoline

chocolate

insect

ball

oil

food

bread

bus

time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Answer

watercomputer

children

news

information

word

machine

page

money

dollar

month

people

equipment

meat

glasses

gasoline

chocolate

insect

ball

oil

food

bread

bus

time

 UC

C

U

U

C

C

C

U

C

C

C

U

U

C

U

C/U

C

C

U

U

U

C

C/U

Nouns that can be Countable and Uncountable

18 Nov

 

Countable

Uncountable

There are a hair in my soup!

hair

I don’t have much hair.
There are six lights in our classroom.

light

Close the curtain. There’s too much light!
I think  I heard a strange noise.

noise

It’s difficult to work when there is so much noise.
Have you got a paper to read?
Hand me those student papers.

paper

I want to draw a picture. Have you got some paper?
Our house has eight rooms.

room

Is there room for me to sit here?
We had a great time at the party.
How many times have I told you not to shout?

time

Have you got time for a cup of coffee?
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s greatest works.

work

I have no money. I need work!

 

Countable and uncountable nouns

18 Nov

Countable

Uncountable

dollar

money

song

music

suitcase

luggage

table

furniture

battery

electricity

bottle

wine

report

information

tip

advice

journey

travel

job

work

view

scenery

Uncountable nouns

18 Nov

Uncountable nouns are substances, concepts etc. that cannot be divided into separate elements. We cannot “count” them.

  • music, art, love, happiness
  • advice, information, news
  • furniture, luggage
  • rice, sugar, butter, water
  • electricity, gas, power
  • money, currency

We usually treat uncountable nouns as singular. We use a singular verb.

  • This news is very important.
  • Your luggage seems heavy.

We do not usually use the indefinite article a/an with uncountable nouns. But we can say a something of:

  • a piece of news
  • a bottle of water
  • a grain of rice