Countable and uncountable nouns in English
1. Countable nouns
Most of the nouns are countable. You can combine them with numbers, e.g one, two or three. Here is an example:
- one pencil
- two pencils
- three pencils
- four ...
2. Uncountable nouns
These nouns cannot be combined with numbers.
If you want to express a quantity, you have to use a special phrase e.g. a glass of water.
Some nouns can be either countable or uncountable. We recommend to use a good dictionary to find out whether a noun is countable or uncountable or both.
Here is an example:
hair – hairs
- You've got some hairs on your T-shirt. (There might be 5 or 6 of them.)
- Your hair looks lovely. (Here you think of the hairstyle.)