Countable Noun Explanation
Countable nouns are things we can count. So, there are singular countable nouns and plural countable nouns. Let's see the following examples.
|Singular Countable Nouns||Plural Countable Nouns|
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Indefinite Articles Before Singular Countable Nouns
Before singular countable nouns you can use a / an. Let's see the following examples.
- That's a good suggestion.
- I've been waiting for you for an hour.
- Bring an umbrella with you. It's raining outside.
- I've got a headache.
Singular Countable Nouns Cannot Be Used Without Article
We cannot use singular countable nouns alone (without a/ the / my etc. ). Let's see the following examples.
- I'm looking for a job. ( not 'I'm looking for job' )
- I have a car. ( not 'I have car.' )
- Have you got a lighter, please ? ( not 'Have you got lighter, please?')
See singular and plural nouns here.
Talking About Things In General Using Plural Countable Nouns
We must use plural countable nouns without a, an, some etc. to say things in general. Let's see the following examples.
- I love mangoes.
- Girls are more loving than boys.
- Some people are more wicked than animals.
Talking About Specific Things Using Plural Countable Nouns
When we are talking about specific things, we usually use the, some, these, those, my, her, his, number ( two, three, four, etc.) before plural countable nouns. Let's see the following examples.
- I've downloaded some songs.
- They are my classmates.
- The cats belong to me. ( see definite article here. )
- Do you like these cars?
- We need five eggs.
In this exercise you have to give a simple definition / description to the following words.
Example : a dog ? It is ..........
You write : A dog is an animal.
- an eel? It is .........
- Japan, Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil? They are ................
- Tigers, lions, dogs, snakes ? They are ................
- John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan ? They were ..........
- a kiwi? It is ..........
- a walrus? It is ............
- Krakatoa? It is ..........
- Gothenburg? It is ...........
- A, B, C, D, E ? They are .......
- Indigo, cyan, beige, turquoise? They are ..........
- an eel? It is an animal.
- Japan, Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil? They are countries.
- Tigers, lions, dogs, snakes ? They are animals.
- John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan ? They were singers.
- a kiwi? It is a fruit.
- a walrus? It is an animal.
- Krakatoa? It is a volcano.
- Gothenburg? It is a city.
- A, B, C, D, E ? They are alphabets.
- Indigo, cyan, beige, turquoise? They are colors.