Academic English- Countable and Uncountable Nouns with the Same Meaning

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Academic English- Countable and Uncountable Nouns with the Same Meaning
Cut up one pack of cards per group of two to four students, then make one more copy per 
student. Each group spreads their pack of cards across the table and matches up pairs of 
words with similar meanings. When they have nearly finished ask them what the 
differences are each time (= one in each pair is countable, i.e. often takes “s”, and the 
other is uncountable), then ask them to work together to guess which is which in each 
pair. This should also help those groups who are still trying to match the pairs up. 
Give out the extra copies of the worksheet for them to check their answers with. (The 
cards are matched in the table with the uncountable one on the left each time.) 
 

Uncountable

Countable

Uncountable

Countable

violence

attack

advice

recommendation

research

academic paper

automation

machine

equipment

device

evidence

clue

body language

gesture

homework

assignment

work/ labour

job

jargon

technical term

knowledge

fact

significance

meaning

progress

improvement

software

program

training/ educa-

tion

course

transport/ trans-

portation

vehicle

travel

journey

trouble

problem

vocabulary

word

staff/ workforce

employee

availability

supply

destruction

collapse

communication

conversation

land/ property

estate

money

fee/ charge

finance

loan

intelligence

mind/ brain

legislation

law

maintenance

repair

military

army

thinking

notion/ idea

technology

gadget

status

position

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012