Student or Learner
I have been learning English for years and feeling ashamed of still not able to manage in whether I should put 's' behind particular noun even though I know the rules that :
putting 's' for countable nouns only
as I still find a lot of nouns which I believe they are uncountable but the writers still put 's' behind.
reference could be books, verbal advice, scene, hearsay
But I still see the writer put 's' for 'reference'
others words, eg troubles, rumour, sounds, noises, winds... those are the nouns I believe are uncountable.
Any clue to solve this problem:
No need to be ashamed. Do you know that a noun can be both countable and uncountable? It might have different meanings, according to which, the noun could be countable or uncountable.
Please check "reference" in a good dictionary. Trust your dictionary as much as your grammar book.
You may also take a look at the thread named "accumulation".
Last edited by Khosro; 01-Feb-2011 at 08:16.