Uncountable Nouns

Uncountable Nouns :

There are two kinds of uncountable nouns.

(i) Those that name materials

Examples : Steel, air, soil, wood, water, acid, meat, rice, flour, coffee, tea, fruit etc.

(ii) Those that name abstract ideas, qualities or actions

Examples : Flour cannot be counted as also Meat, Fatness Or Thinness cannot be counted.

So, uncountable nouns are used only in singular.

Though uncountable nouns are singular, we never use a or an with them.

1. I am going to buy some meat.
2. So, also, with abstract nouns.
3. It is only….He has some intelligence.
4. We also say…..She is fairly clever.

"Some" means 'a certain amount', when used with uncountable nouns.

To be more exact, we must use one of the other determinatives - such as 'the', 'your', 'Janu's, 'that', 'much', 'enough', etc.

No determinative is used with uncountable nouns, when we mean the thing in general.

(e.g.) Potato needs cooking.

Ladies often prefer courage to kindness in men.

When we speak about something that is definite, the definite article 'the' is used.

(e.g.) There is some tea in the kettle. The tea in the kettle is hot.

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