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Unit 8 - Lesson 36 - Countable Nouns vs Uncountable Nouns

How much? vs. How many?

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Questions

Who? People
What? Things
Where? Places
When? Time
How much? Money

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A noun can be countable or uncountable.

How much ....? = uncountable nouns
For example: How much coffee do you drink?
How many ....? = countable nouns
For example: How many cups of coffee do you drink?

 

Countable nouns in the singular take the article a or an and can be plural.

For example:-

I bought an apple.

I bought some apples.

Countable nouns
 

Noun

A dog An apple
An apple

A car
A car
A car

An umbrella
An umbrella
An umbrella
An umbrella
A glass
A glass
A glass
A glass
A glass
A candle
A candle
A candle
A candle
A candle
A candle
 
 

Countable

A dog

You can count dogs.

An apple

You can count apples.

A car

You can count cars.

An umbrella

You can count umbrellas.

A glass

You can count glasses.

A candle

You can count candles.

 
 

Question

How many dogs are there? How many apples are there? How many cars are there? How many umbrellas are there? How many glasses are there? How many candles are there?  
 

Answer

There's one dog. There are two apples. There are three cars. There are four umbrellas. There are five glasses. There are six candles.  

Uncountable nouns do not take an article and do not have a plural form.

For example:-

I bought sugar.

I bought some sugar.

Uncountable nouns
 

Noun

Some sugar
Some jewellery
Some cheese
Some wine
Some furniture

Some furniture

Some money
 
 

Uncountable

Sugar

You can't count sugar.

Jewellery

You can't count jewellery.

Cheese

You can't count cheese.

Wine

You can't count wine.

Furniture

You can't count furniture.

Money

You can't count money.

 
 

Question

How much sugar is in the bowl? How much jewellery is there? How much cheese is there? How much wine is there in the bottle? How much furniture is there? How much money is in the bag?  
 

Answer

There is some sugar in the bowl. There is some jewellery. There is some cheese. There is some wine in the bottle. There is some furniture. There is some money in the bag.  

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Week 36

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