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    Countable or Uncountable Nouns

    Hi everyone,

    I've been asked to select the nouns from a few sentences and say weather they are countable or uncountable nouns.

    I worked out all of them except for this one:

    Ikea sells furniture.

    I know furniture is uncountable, but what about Ikea. Is Ikea a countable or uncountable noun?
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    Re: Countable or Uncountable Nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by ronan200 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I've been asked to select the nouns from a few sentences and say weather whether they are countable or uncountable nouns.

    I worked out all of them except for this one:

    Ikea sells furniture.

    I know furniture is uncountable, but what about Ikea. Is Ikea a countable or uncountable noun?
    Think about other sentences like this where a brand name or the name of a company is included. What do you think? Is it possible to say how many branches of Ikea there are, for example?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Countable or Uncountable Nouns

    I think Ikea is uncountable.

    For instance, when saying there are five Ikea stores in Ireland, you are counting the stores.

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    Re: Countable or Uncountable Nouns

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    I have found this sentence on COCA:

    Nearly 20,000 Muscovites descended on Ikea that day, helping make it tenth in volume of sales out of 163 Ikeas worldwide.
    Here's another one:
    Dozens of inflatable SpongeBob SquarePants balloons were stolen from Burger Kings across the country this month.
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    Re: Countable or Uncountable Nouns

    So Ikea is a countable noun.

    Thanks everyone.
    Last edited by ronan200; 22-Jul-2012 at 15:38.

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    Re: Countable or Uncountable Nouns

    I'd say it's an uncountable noun that is sometimes used countably.

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    Re: Countable or Uncountable Nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd say it's an uncountable noun that is sometimes used countably.
    I agree entirely. If I had to back that up I would say that Ikea stores are countable but the company (or at least the proper noun Ikea) itself is uncountable (although of course there is only one company called Ikea as far as I know!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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