Thursday, June 2, 2011


Countable Nouns

Countable nouns are easy to recognize. They are things that we can count. For example: "pen". We can count pens. We can have one, two, three or more pens. Here are some more countable nouns:
•dog, cat, animal, man, person
•bottle, box, litre
•coin, note, dollar
•cup, plate, fork
•table, chair, suitcase, bag

Countable nouns can be singular or plural:
•My dog is playing.
•My dogs are hungry.

We can use the indefinite article a/an with countable nouns:
•A dog is an animal.

When a countable noun is singular, we must use a word like a/the/my/this with it:
•I want an orange. (not I want orange.)
•Where is my bottle? (not Where is bottle?)

When a countable noun is plural, we can use it alone:
•I like oranges.
•Bottles can break.

We can use some and any with countable nouns:
•I've got some dollars.
•Have you got any pens?

We can use a few and many with countable nouns:
•I've got a few dollars.
•I haven't got many pens.

"People" is countable. "People" is the plural of "person". We can count people: •There is one person here.
•There are three people here.

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