Nouns that Can Be Countable or Uncountable

Learn how to identify nouns that can be countable or uncountable.

Countable nouns are individual objects, people, places, etc. which can be counted. (We use a/an or a number in front of countable nouns).

Uncountable nouns are materials, concepts, information, etc. which are not individual objects and can not be counted.

Nouns that are Count and Noncount

Some nouns can be used as both countable or uncountable, usually with a difference in meaning.

Iron:

  • iron = material (Iron is hard.)
  • iron = electrical appliance (The iron is hot.)

Glass:

  • glass = material (Bottles are made of glass.)
  • glass = container (I drank a glass of milk.)

Time:

  • time = length of an activity (How much time do you need to eat lunch?)
  • time = number of instances (How many times do you go to Mexico in one year?)

Paper:

  • paper = material (I need some paper to draw on.)
  • paper = a report or essay (I wrote a paper for our literature class.)
  • paper = a newspaper (I bought a paper this morning.)

Light:

  • light = energy form (I opened the door to let in some light.)
  • light = lamps / light bulbs (Please turn off the lights.)

Work:

  • work = an activity (I have some work to do tomorrow.)
  • work = a product (That painting is a work of art.)

Chicken:

  • chicken = food (I had some chicken for dinner.)
  • chicken = kind of animal (There are three chickens in the farm.)

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