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HOME > ENGLISH GRAMMAR EXERCISES > Countable and non-countable nouns 5

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topic: COUNT and NON-COUNT NOUNS | level: Advanced

In each space in the following sentences, indicate whether the noun before that space is a count noun (write c) or a non-count noun (write nc). Some of these words could be either count or non-count nouns, but you should determine how each is being used in the sentence.

1. This restaurant has the worst food I've ever eaten.

2. We have to buy furniture for our new house.

3. Many hospitals in this city don't have modern equipment .

4. I generally don't like to give advice about matters of love.

5. Most women in my family wear lots of jewelry .

6. The grace with which she danced made me cry.

7. It takes a lot of patience to deal with prisoners .

8. I asked him to send me information about Italian wines .

9. The truth is that I no longer want to live with that man .

10. It took great courage for the boy to admit to stealing
money from his brother.


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

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