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:

 

advice baggage equipment furniture homework information
knowledge luggage machinery money news traffic

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... pieces of... a bit of... bits of... an item of... items 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.

Exercise

Comments

I like this class))

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hello please answer to my question:why we say a lot of food?is it true?i think we must use lot of food.

Why ,I think it is true Because it is prhase 'a lot of'

Dear All
 
I hope my message finds you all well
 
please I have a question about a snetence like this one (Hi Book Worms! Hope everyone "has had" a great week) in this sentence writin (has then followed by had) so waht is the name of this rule I mean is it past perfect or what 
 
I also get lost in grammer you might notice what can i do and how am I suposed to start 
I dream to be an Expert in using english by passing IELTS 
 

Hello Alexman!

I know what you mean. That sentence does sound a bit confusing!
 
If you look at it though, it's still present because it uses has. The next part, had, is the past participle of 'have'. Put together, has had IS a perfect tense - but it's the present perfect, not the past perfect! You can guess that, because the example you chose is about the same week they are talking about. Past perfect is for things which are definitely in the past. You can read more about the differences on our pages about present perfectpast perfect, and the perfect forms generally.

Keep looking through our pages for help with grammar - but don't forget there are other things which are just as important for the IELTS exam.
Hope that helps!
Jeremy Bee

it's very helpful...thank u
 

Hello everybody!
Could you explain to me which is right, please.
1. How much time you do you spend on the Internet?
-About 5 hours.
-That is too many!(or too much)
2.How much do you weigh?
– 80 kilos.
– That`s too much! (or too many)
Thanks a lot. 

Hi All,
i am new learner
 

Hello, could someone help me with the word "Sustainability" and how to use it, please? I supose it is an uncount noun (is there some other grammatical term to describe 'Sustainability'?) There is no plural; it cannot be used with the indefinite article. It can be used with quantifiers such as 'some' or 'little' - what type of words are these quantifiers? Thanks a lot for your help, Carina

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