Count Noun

Definition: A Count Noun is a noun which can be modified by a numeral and occur in both singular and plural form, as well as co-occurring with quantificational determiners like every, each, several, most, etc. Countable nouns are individual objects, people, places, etc. which can be counted. Count nouns can be made plural, usually by adding -s or -es at the end.

For example:

  • She saw seven cows in the garden
  • There is a cow in the garden.
  • Every cow is an animal.

Examples:

Usually count nouns
Persons Places Things
child/ren
teacher/s
student/s
plumber/s
lawyer/s
psychologist/s
historian/s
economist/s
biologist/s
reporter/s
dean/s
coordinator/s
researcher/s
store/s
mall/s
park/s
bar/s
office/s
school/s
home/s
station/s
church/es
deli/s
cafeteria/s
shop/s
airport/s
shoe/s
car/s
door/s
house/s
key/s
letter/s
chair/s
box/es
cow/s
poster/s
glass/es
ball/s

Some nouns, like the word time, beauty, fire, death, gossip can be used as either a count noun, or a non-count noun.

For example:

  • 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.

For example:

  • How many papers do you have to write?
  • There were too many books required for that class.

Much is used with non-count nouns.

For example:

  • 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.
For example:

  • Some dogs can be dangerous.
  • I don't use any computers at work.

You only use "many" and "few" with plural countable nouns.
For example:
  • Many elephants have been hunted.
  • There are few elephants in England.

You can use "a lot of" and "no" with plural countable nouns.
For example:
  • No computers were bought last week.
  • A lot of computers were reported broken the week before.



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