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HOME > ENGLISH GRAMMAR EXERCISES > Countable and non-countable nouns 1

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ONLINE ENGLISH GRAMMAR QUIZ
topic: COUNT or NON-COUNT NOUN? | level: Intermediate/ Advanced

Click on Answer to see the correct response.
  1. I went to the tourist office to get _____ information.
    a. a few
    b. a little


  2. Kids today spend so _____ time on the internet!
    a. much
    b. many


  3. He has a good job and makes a large _____ of money.
    a. amount
    b. number


  4. Hurry up! I don't have _____ time!
    a. much
    b. many


  5. I only know _____ people in this city.
    a. a little
    b. a few


  6. Mary always tells me that she wants to have _____ children.
    a. much
    b. many


  7. There are _____ things that I want to say to you.
    a. so many
    b. so much


  8. I would like _____ time to think about this.
    a. a little
    b. a few


  9. I would like _____ banana.
    a. some
    b. a
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grammar notes
Count or Noncount?
The main difference between count and noncount nouns is whether you can count the things they refer to or not.

Count nouns refer to things that exist as separate and distinct individual units. They usually refer to what can be perceived by the senses.
ex. table, chair word

Noncount nouns refer to things that can't be counted because they are thought of as wholes that can't be cut into parts. They often refer to abstractions and occasionally have a collective meaning (for example, furniture).
ex: weather, furniture, warmth

REMEMBER: One of the main differences in usage between the two types of nouns is that countable nouns CAN be counted - "Two apples, three beds" but non-countable nouns CANNOT be counted - two pieces of furniture (NOT "two furnitures"!)

You can get more info on countable and non-countable nouns by reading the article at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/eslcount.html.

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