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Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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Hannah Wold

on 3 December 2012

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Countable and Uncountable Nouns By Hannah Wold For the most part the rules stay the same, but there are some situations in everyday speech where the usage wouldn't be correct in formal writing.
Sometimes in spoken English speakers might use incorrect plurals, especially when the plural form is irregular.
Syllabuses - Syllabi and Vertebras - Vertebrae
Using Less instead of Fewer
Less = Uncountable Nouns 'That house has less furniture than that one.
Fewer = Countable Nouns 'She had fewer classes than her friend.'
They have both singular and plural forms
The singular form must be proceeded by a type of determiner.
The plural form is often formed with -s or -es, but there are many irregulars.
Some plural nouns only occur in the plural form and need the phrase 'a pair of' to make them countable.
"Don't run with scissors!" (uncountable)
Please hand me that pair of scissors." (Countable and Singular)
Rules for Uncountable Nouns They are never used with a or an.
A 3rd person singular verb is used with them.
An uncountable noun word can be made countable with a noun phrase that contains a measure word.
'She missed her class, because she had a terrible case of the flu.'
Sometimes the whether a noun is countable or not depends on the context it is used in.
'Life is short.' (the idea of life)
He lived a long life.' (One specific life)

Express Checkout Countable and uncountable nouns occur with almost constant frequency in the English language, though most native speakers don't realize how often they are using them. Form Assessment To make sure students understand which nouns are countable and uncountable you could give them a worksheet with fill in the blank sentences.
Examples of some of the sentences are...

1.) For my birthday I want a _______.
2.) I have many ________.
3.) I dont' have a lot of ________. Communicative Assessment Have students write up a grocery list of items normally found in their house. This will give them a lot of practice with uncountable nouns since many grocery items are uncountable and they will get the chance to practice making uncountable nouns countable.
Ex. Two loaves of bread
Also students get a chance to use and practice vocabulary that is useful in their daily lives. Teaching Activities and Asessment Contextual Variables Rules for Countable Nouns Usage Continued Because of their frequency ESL learners will be constantly exposed their usage, and will likely learn many of the rules subconsciously. Usage http://fineartamerica.com/featured/grocery-store-checkout-counters-david-buffington.html Rules for Quantity Words Some quantity words can only be used with countable nouns while others can only be used with uncountable nouns. An example stated earlier is fewer and less. Some quantity words like a lot can be used with both. Picture Similarity *You'll need a few sets of similar but different pictures, pick pictures that have countable and uncountable nouns.
Give the partners a set of two pictures. Each student takes one but doesn't show their partner. They then take turns asking each other questions to find similarities. Survival Game
Write a list of survival supplies that is mixed with countable and uncountable nouns. Have students pick a certain number of countable and uncountable nouns. Have students divide into groups of three or four. Give each group a piece of paper with a board game on it (prepared in advance) and die. 2/3s of the spaces should be blank and the other 3rd should have survival situations on them. When students land on survival space they must use the items they choose to survive or escape the situations. If they can't the have to go back to their original space. Supplies A box of matches A bottle of water
A pair of snowshoes Wood
Some food A rope
A blanket Sunscreen

Survival Situations Stranded on an island, lost in a forest, stuck in a snowstorm Sources 1.) Raimes, Ann. How English Works: A Grammar Handbook with Readings. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Print.

2.) Case, Alex. "Countable and Uncountable Noun Games." Teflet. May 2009. Web. 13 Nov. 2012. 3.) Glowing Fresh Vegetables. 24 May 2012. Business Insider. Web. 13 Nov. 2012.

4.) Greenberg, Jeff. Florida Miami Beach Publix Grocery Store Produce Display Shopper. World of Stock. Web. 13 Nov. 2012.
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