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    Default count and noncount nouns

    Hi,
    how can I know if a noun is countable or uncountable?

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    Default Re: count and noncount nouns

    Some noncount nouns:
    advice
    help
    feedback
    information
    You can not have advices, helps, feedbacks, or informations. You can give some advice, get some help, receive some feedback, or require some information. Adjectives that do not apply:
    several
    a few
    many

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    Default Re: count and noncount nouns

    Noncount nouns:
    advice
    help
    bread
    fruit
    water
    juice
    milk
    jewelry
    furniture
    rubbish
    garbage
    trash
    wood
    shrubbery
    grass
    wheat
    sand
    gravel
    jewelry
    coffee
    tea
    vegetation
    staff
    knowedge
    abuse
    attention
    harm
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    Default Re: count and noncount nouns

    More noncount nouns:

    guidance
    assistance
    wheat
    Last edited by RonBee; 20-Jul-2008 at 00:35. Reason: delete "cargo"

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    Noncount nouns that are sometimes count nouns

    experience
    grass
    water
    tea
    coffee

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    Default Re: count and noncount nouns

    Thank you for the tremendous effort.

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    effort - count or noncount? Maybe...both?

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    Default Re: count and noncount nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you for the tremendous effort.

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    effort - count or noncount? Maybe...both?
    Count. Effort/efforts.

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    Default Re: count and noncount nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you for the tremendous effort.

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    effort - count or noncount? Maybe...both?
    The word "effort" is a count noun.
    Like other count nouns, it takes an article. Examples:
    an effort
    an orange
    an hour
    an opera
    an audition
    an audience
    It's not usual, but you can put a number in front of it. Example:
    He made two efforts, then he quit.

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