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    uncontablw nouns can be countable

    In my book they say that uncountable nouns can be countable nouns like
    time, hair, light, glass, wood, experience, chicken and iron.
    :) can you explain that for me

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    Re: uncontablw nouns can be countable

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady of snow View Post
    In my book they say that uncountable nouns can be countable nouns like
    time, hair, light, glass, wood, experience, chicken and iron.
    :) Can you explain that for me?
    Here is an uncountable and a countable example for each word. There are many words in the English language which can be used both countably and uncountably.

    I have no time.
    I have been there seven times.

    My hair is red.
    There are three dog hairs on my jacket.

    The light in Iceland in the winter is beautiful.
    I have twelve lights in my bedroom.

    The glass in the church window is red and green.
    We will need six glasses on the dining table.

    The house is just the other side of that wood. (Here, wood = small forest)
    His house is surrounded by woods. (Here, it can mean one small forest or several small forests).
    My table is made of three different woods - mahogany, oak and beech.


    My experience of bungee jumping was one of the best of my life.
    He has had three near-death experiences.

    I've put chicken in the soup so that the vegetarians can't eat it.
    I own two dogs, three cats and twelve chickens.

    The railways lines are made of iron.
    He has several irons in the fire. (Idiom)
    I don't own an iron. I like my clothes to be creased.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: uncontablw nouns can be countable

    When I can say
    my family is or my family are
    for example
    Tomorrow, my family (is making) dinner for me.
    I could not decide what to say is or are
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    Re: uncontablw nouns can be countable

    Please start a new thread for unrelated questions, as Mike suggested, Lady of snow.

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