- There is some water in that pitcher.
- That is the equipment we use for the project.
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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 uncountable nouns.
- I usually drink some wine with my meal.
- I don't usually drink any water with my wine.
- I don't usually drink much coffee.
- Little wine is undrinkable though.
- A lot of wine is drunk in France.
- No wine is drunk in Iran.