A Countable Noun
, as the name suggests, refers to the things that can be counted
. Countable nouns are also called Count Nouns
on the bus peeped out of the window to greet the winners of the match.
The rose flowers
in the garden attracted the butterflies
are too heavy to carry.
Countable Nouns can be Singular
. Singular nouns name one person, place, or thing. Plural nouns name more than one.Examples:
- This tree bears fruit once in two years.
- Trees need sunlight for growth and survival.
- The lady was amazed to see the collection of artifacts in the museum.
- The ladies of this house were victims of the supposed curse of the family.
- Tiffany is writing a book about wildlife.
Most plural nouns are formed by adding –s
to the end of the singular noun.
Singular nouns that end in -ch
or s-like sounds
, however, will require an -es
for the plural form.
Some countable nouns have irregular plural forms
, and they are called Irregular Nouns
If the countable noun is Singular
, articles such as a
, and the
(both definite and indefinite) or the determiners like this
, can be used. The singular countable nouns take singular verbs.Look at these examples:
Peter tried to snatch the ball
from Jennifer.An apple
a day keeps doctor away.This book
is scarier than almost any movie you could be watching.
If the countable noun is Plural
, we can use qualifiers like some
, etc. Plural countable nouns take plural form of verb.Examples:
volunteered to help the victims of flood.
Juliet receives several letters
from her fans every day.
A very few people
in the world dedicate their life for the happiness of others.
Some of the quantifiers like many, (a) few, fewer, several, any, each, every, both, either, neither, only, a number of, a great / large number of can be used only with countable nouns.
But some of the quantifiers like a lot of, some, lots of, any, plenty of can be used for both countable and uncountable nouns.
Look at these examples for the differences:
1) There is some coffee left on the pot? Uncountable Noun
2) There are some boys waiting for the shop to be open? Countable Noun
3) Is there any rice in the sack? Uncountable Noun
4) There aren’t any girls in the classroom? Countable Noun
5) A lot of water is reserved for future purposes? Uncountable Noun
6) A lot of disposable water bottles are recycled for saving the environment from pollution? Countable Noun