Grammar Index : 2
An uncountable noun (or non-count noun) is a type of common noun that cannot be counted or modified by a number without specifying a unit of measurement.
In general, non-count nouns are considered to refer to indivisible wholes (which are not individual objects and can not be counted).
For this reason, they are sometimes called MASS nouns.
Uncountable nouns are used to describe a quality, action, thing or substance that can be poured or measured.
Non-Count nouns also refer to a whole category made up of different varieties or a whole group of things that is made up of many individual parts.
Uncountable nouns are always singular.
Use the singular form of the verb with uncountable nouns.
There is some water in that pitcher.
That is the equipment we use for the project.
Add more sugar to this coffee.
Soil is tested here.
There is some cold beer in the fridge.
Machinery is imported.
Furniture is what we need urgently.
Information about this computer is wanted to open this.
Knowledge of computer is wide-spread now.
More work is what you are supposed to do now.
Here are some of the most common containers / quantity expressions for these uncountable nouns :
accommodation - a place to stay
advice - a piece of advice
baggage - a piece of baggage
bread - a slice of bread, a loaf of bread
equipment - a piece of equipment
furniture - a piece of furniture
garbage - a piece of garbage
information - a piece of information
knowledge - a fact
luggage - a piece of luggage, a bag, a suitcase
money - a note, a coin
news - a piece of news
pasta - a plate of pasta, a serving of pasta
research - a piece of research, a research project
travel - a journey, a trip
work - a job, a position
Here are some more common uncountable food types with their container / quantity expressions :
liquids (water, beer, wine, etc.) - a glass, a bottle, a jug of water, etc.
cheese - a slice, a chunk, a piece of cheese
meat - a piece, a slice, a pound of meat
butter - a bar of butter
ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard - a bottle of, a tube of ketchup, etc.
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