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.


· 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
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