Common Uncountable Nouns

Uncountable nouns are things that can’t be counted by using a number, such as quantities of liquids or gases, as well as abstract ideas or qualities.

Uncountable nouns are used with a single verb, and do not use a definite article such as ‘a’ or ‘an’:

For example, do not say ‘How many moneys will it cost?’.

Because ‘money’ is an uncountable noun, you must use adjectives like much, a lot of, little, a little bit of, some, plenty, enough, or no.

Say:

· How much money will it cost?

· Will it cost a lot of money?

· It only costs a little bit of money.

· It will cost you some money, but not a lot of money.

· Do you have enough money?

· I have plenty of money.

· I have no money.

(The only time money is a countable noun is when we are speaking of specific denominations: ‘I have many rupees’, or ‘That sounds like a lot of Euros!’)

Here is a list of common uncountable nouns:

Things: Gases: Abstract: Activities:
furniture air art yoga
clothing hydrogen love sports
luggage nitrogen humour music
equipment smoke freedom homework
money steam advice business
tools help chess
Nature: welfare research
Liquids: sunshine bravery cricket
fuel rain aggression
water snow courage Every Day:
petrol ice luck breakfast
diesel lightning faith lunch
fertiliser weather grief dinner
bleach knowledge traffic
Food Solids: attention transportation
Solids: cheese poetry labour
silver butter care paper
gold meat freedom mail
dirt fruit pride tea
concrete pastry privacy time
wood noodle warmth network
asphalt rice anger hardware
software
States of Being: Food Liquids: Mass: work
sleep milk furniture police
stress juice foliage pay
childhood tea hair equipment
youth water stuff
elderly wine sheep
sad oil public
happy vinegar

 

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