Some nouns in English are uncount nouns.
We do not use uncount nouns in the plural and we do not use them with the indefinite article, a/an.
We ate a lot of foods > We ate a lot of food We bought some new furnitures > We bought some new furniture That’s a useful information > That’s useful information
We can use some quantifiers with uncount nouns:
He gave me some useful advice.
They gave us a lot of information.
Uncount nouns often refer to:
- Substances: food; water; wine; salt; bread; iron
- Human feelings or qualities: anger; cruelty; happiness; honesty; pride;
- Activities: help; sleep; travel; work
- Abstract ideas: beauty; death; fun; life
Common uncount nouns
There are some common nouns in English, like accommodation, which are uncount nouns even though they have plurals in other languages:
Let me give you some advice.
How much luggage have you got?
If we want to make these things countable, we use expressions like:
|a piece of...
||a bit of...
||an item of...
Let me give you a piece of advice.
That’s a useful piece of equipment.
We bought a few bits of furniture for the new apartment.
She had six separate items of luggage.
but we do not use accommodation, money and traffic in this way.