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Count nouns

Count nouns have two forms: singular and plural.

Singular count nouns refer to one person or thing:

a teacher a book a wish an idea

Plural count nouns refer to more than one person or thing:

teachers books wishes ideas

Singular count nouns

Singular count nouns cannot be used alone. They must have a determiner:

the English teacher that book a wish my latest idea
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Plural count nouns

We usually add –s to make a plural noun:

book > books
school > schools
friend > friends

We add –es to nouns ending in –s, –ch, –sh, –ss, –x and –o:  

class > classes
watch > watches
gas > gases
wish > wishes
box > boxes
potato > potatoes

When a noun ends in a consonant and –y, we make the plural with –ies:

lady > ladies
country > countries
party > parties

If a noun ends in a vowel and –y, we simply add –s:

boy > boys
day > days
play > plays

Some common nouns have irregular plurals:

man > men
woman > women
child > children
person > people
foot > feet
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Plural count nouns do not have a general determiner when they refer to people or things in general:

Computers are very expensive.
Do you sell old books?

But they may have a specific determiner:

Those computers are very expensive.
The books in that shop are very expensive. 
Her sisters live there.

or a quantifier:

some new books a few teachers lots of good ideas

or a numeral:

two new books three wishes
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Hello Naina Ali,

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Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

HI, Could you please explain the following nouns. I am very confused to get detials.
1) Proper Noun is Person/Place/Things, is animal & birds under proper noun?
2) Common noun is also person/Place/things/ How abut animal & birds
3) Count & non count noun is it under common noun?
4) Colective noun. please explain
5) Abstract Noun. Please explain
6) COncrete noun. Please explain
7) Compound noun. Please explain. Kinldy please help me to get clear above the doubts

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By the way, I am not quite understand in question 10 why the correct answer is mice. If anyone can explain to me that would be much appreciated.

Hi ken414,

Welcome to LearnEnglish!

The answer is 'mice' because a plural noun is needed; if we asked about a single mouse then we would need to add an indefinite article ('a').

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

plz help me in english

hi,

You said when noun ending with X we shell add to "es". BUt when the OX become plural its change to Oxen. Could you please explain

Hi keyansugan81,

'Oxen' is an irregular plural form.  English does not have many but there are some, such as 'children', 'sheep', 'people' and 'oxen'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi,

Here you mentioned here singular noun for things & Person. How about other Animal, Birds,Place is it include in the count noun or not. Please describe some details explain

Hi keyansugan81,

Yes, all of those things are included in the category 'things'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thank you it is very important for me

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