- She saw seven cows in the garden
- There is a cow in the garden.
- Every cow is an animal.
|Usually count nouns|
Some nouns, like the word time, beauty, fire, death, gossip can be used as either a count noun, or a non-count noun.
- How much time did it take for you to drive to school?.
Here, time is a non-count noun, because it refers to a category that contains smaller items (think of it as a "group" of minutes).
- How many times did you take the test before you passed?.
Here, time is a count noun, because you can count exactly how many separate times you took the test.
- They had a death in the family.
- Death is a tragic thing.
- Supermarkets have aisles for different foods.
- The animals at the zoo wanted food.
The "much" and "many" Rule
Many is used with count nouns.
- How many papers do you have to write?
- There were too many books required for that class.
- How much homework did you have last night?
- I had to read so much literature for my English class.
You can use "some" and "any" with countable nouns.
- Some dogs can be dangerous.
- I don't use any computers at work.
- Many elephants have been hunted.
- There are few elephants in England.
- No computers were bought last week.
- A lot of computers were reported broken the week before.