Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Guide to Countable & Uncountable

Guide to Countable and Uncountable Nouns
A guide to the basics of countable and uncountable nouns in English for ESL EFL classes including a discussion of commonly confused uncountable nouns as well as the most common container or quantity expressions used with uncountable nouns such as cheese, information, etc.

Test your knowledge of countable and uncountable nouns with these quizzes:

Interactive Quiz with Corrections
Countable and uncountable nouns gap fill quiz

For teachers, here is a lesson plan focusing on countable and uncountable nouns.

More links to resources on countables and uncountables...

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  1. This link Learn English Online - Lesson 37 - Countable and Uncountable Nouns I think it gave me a good concept to understand noun :)

    I'm also studying swedish noun, it's really difficult because they have the gender of noun. Teacher said they don't have rules. I have to remember only. btw it's really fun to learn new language.

  2. gendered nouns... yes indeed English is lucky NOT to have them. It's true: no rhyme, reason or rules. Just memorize them. Spanish, French, German, Italian, eyc. all have them. I don't know how we missed getting them in modern English. Ole English (which is more like German had them).

    It's probably because somewhere along the way English shifted from agglutinated (gendered noun, cases, lots of endings) to analytic (order of words & context not endings determines what they are). Analytic language make better trade languages. Learners may have to learn syntax and a lot of vocabulary but they do not have to learn endings, genders, cases, complex conjugations.


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