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    adrianburton is offline Newbie
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    Default Uncountable nouns

    In the section on uncountable nouns it's stated that wood and beer are uncountable and do not have a plural and i'm wondering if this is correct. For example are the following not correct:

    1. If you go down to the woods today.
    2. I have had two beers.

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    Default Re: Uncountable nouns

    You must look at how the word is used.

    I like beer. (general category)
    I had a beer. (specific)
    We had a few beers last night. (plural general)

    Of course beer and wood can be pural nouns.


    That desk is constructed using many kinds of wood. (specific pieces of wood)

    The woods are beautiful in the winter. (collection of trees)

    Note: The definition of wood in the above sentences is not the same.

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    Default Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by adrianburton View Post
    In the section on uncountable nouns it's stated that wood and beer are uncountable and do not have a plural and i'm wondering if this is correct. For example are the following not correct:

    1. If you go down to the woods today.
    2. I have had two beers.
    As Susie points out, the wood you are talking about is not the same thing as the substance that is wood. The latter is uncountable; a wood meaning a small forest is countable.

    Beer is uncountable. If you say "I have had two beers", it is a short cut for saying "I have had two glasses of beer." Mentioning the container enables you to count something that is uncountable (two glasses of milk, two bottles of jam etc). With a few uncountable nouns like beer, coffee, yoghurt you can leave out mentioning the container; but you can't say "I have had two wines or two milks etc.

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    Default Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    As Susie points out, the wood you are talking about is not the same thing as the substance that is wood. The latter is uncountable; a wood meaning a small forest is countable.

    Beer is uncountable. If you say "I have had two beers", it is a short cut for saying "I have had two glasses of beer." Mentioning the container enables you to count something that is uncountable (two glasses of milk, two bottles of jam etc). With a few uncountable nouns like beer, coffee, yoghurt you can leave out mentioning the container; but you can't say "I have had two wines or two milks etc.

    Couldnt have said it better myself

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    Default Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post
    Couldnt have said it better myself
    Thank you for the gratifying compliment.

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