Countable Noun Definition

Anything (living or intimate) that can be counted in number is a countable noun. If it is a singular countable noun then singular verb would be used. Else, for plural, countable noun plural verb would be used. Countable nouns examples are given below.

Singular Countable Noun:

  • There is an airplane flying very low.
  • This car is now antique.
  • This fish can stay alive on land too.

Plural Countable Noun:

  • I had to take a lot of photographs just to select the perfect one in them.
  • I collected 7 different Gemstones.
  • Well, I can see a bunch of humans but no humanity.

RULES FOR SINGULAR COUNTABLE NOUN

Rule 1:

If a word is countable noun and is singular. Then, we must always use an article ( “a” or “an”).

We shall never use “a” or “an” for plural countable nouns.

  1.             He files an old Airplane.  NOT.  He flies a old airplane.
  2.             I asked her for confirmation. NOT.  I asked for her confirmation.
  3.             I have a car. NOT. I have an car.

Rule 2:

We must use adjective or number (quantity word) or an article before a singular countable noun.

  1.             Quaid e Azam is our leader.
  2.             Quaid e Azam is a leader.
  3.             Quaid e Azam is the 1st Governor general of Pakistan.

Rule 3:

Using article “THE” with singular countable noun only if the noun has already been introduced before.

  •             Where is the key ? There is the key.
  •             Where is phonebooth? There is a phonebooth.

THE can also be used in plural countable nouns.

Uncountable Nouns Definition

Uncountable noun definition: Anything (living or inanimate) that cannot be counted in numbers is called uncountable noun. These nouns are although not singular yet they are still used with singular verb along with conjunction.

What Are UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS:

Countable Noun listUncountable noun definition: Anything (living or inanimate) that cannot be counted in numbers is called uncountable noun. These nouns are although not singular yet they are still used with singular verb along with conjunction.

 

EXAMPLE:

There is no more fresh air after nuclear explosion.

I need to search a lot about PanzerTank.

He seems to have a high potential of growing.

Rules for Uncountable Noun:

Rule 1: Uncountable nouns have only one form. They act like singular noun.

I need sugar.

I need some sugar.

Rule 2: Uncountable nouns don’t immediately come after “A” or “AN”.

You must have experience to apply for this job.

You must have the experience before applying to this job.

Rule 3: Uncountable nouns can be modified with numbers & phrases. Example “Some”, “any”, “a little”, “Plenty of”, “no”, “much”, “a little bit of” are some commonly used.

Is there any water?

Add a little bit of water to solution.

I don’t hear much noise from the crowd.