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    Countable things that become uncountable nouns.

    Dear members and teachers:


    Sometimes I wonder that one day you will change my username THE APPRENTICE into THE GRAMMAR CONFUSED because of my lots of grammar confusions.

    1) I have learned that HOW MUCH is used with uncountable or non-countable nouns, but I have noticed that HOW MUCH is also used with things that can be counted in cases that their amount are unknown at that moment, for intance:

    Money can be counted; Jewels can be counted; furnitures can be counted, etc., but when we do not exactly know the amount of them, they are uncountable things untill they are counted or known.

    1a) I don't know how much money do you have? (unknown countable things).

    1b) I only have 5,00 Pounds. (known countable things).

    1c) He doesn't know how much jewels she has. (unknown).

    1d) She has two dimond rings and three golden chains. (known).

    2) I have learned that MUCH is used with uncountable nouns in negative sentences; however, A LOT OF is used in affirmative as well as in negative sentences, for example:

    2a) That container does not have much water.

    2b) That container does not have a lot of water.

    2c) That container has a lot of water. (not MUCH).

    2d) I don't drink much water.

    2e) I drink a lot of water. (not MUCH).

    2f) I don't have much money to go.

    2g) He has a lot of money in his pocket. (not MUCH).


    QUESTION:


    1) Can MUCH alone be used in affirmative sentences?

    2) In This question: I don't know how many people are in there? The people are unknown untill they be counted.
    Last edited by The apprentice; 24-Mar-2014 at 15:19.

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    Re: Countable things that become uncountable nouns.

    Money cannot usually be counted. You can count dollars, pounds, etc, but can you show me two monies? It does have a plural- monies is used in legal texts, but then, while plural, you won't be able to produce two of them. The same is true of furniture- you can't count it, but you can count chairs and beds. You can count jewels, but I think you may mean jewellery- you can't usually count it, but you can count rings.

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    Re: Countable things that become uncountable nouns.

    Excellent Tdol; thank you:


    I meant JEWELLERY (JEWELRY). Now I got you, those are mass nouns, cannot take indefinite article and consequently they are uncountable nouns.


    My best regards.
    Last edited by The apprentice; 26-Mar-2014 at 15:30.

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