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Articles, Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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Olive Shang

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ARTICLES, COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS Presented by Group 4: Courtesy of Miss Yawen, Mr.Junjun,Mr Steve,Mr Binjian and Miss Olive. Articles An article is a kind of adjective which is always used with and gives some information about a noun. There are only two articles that are used very often in the English language.These articles are the DEFINITE AND INDEFINITE ARTICLES which will be expained detaily in the next page.... Countable Nouns Uncountable Nouns Countable nouns can be defined as common nouns that can be modified by a number and that occurs in both singular and plural form. Countable nouns are easy to recognise too. Examples of countable nouns include boy, pen, desk, phone, ear and many others. An ellaborate explaination of countable nous will be done on the next page........ Uncountable nouns are substances or concepts that cannot be divided into separate elements. In other words, we cannot count them numerically. For example: Milk, Salt, Advice, Air, Art and many other concepts/substances. The Indefinite article("the I'm not too specific") The word "A"(which becomes "AN" when the next word begins with a vowel) is called the INDEFINITE ARTICLE because the noun it goes with is general. The meaning of the article "A" is similar to the number"1" but "1" is stronger because it gives more emphasis. It is possible to say:
"I have a book" or "I have one book"
but the second sentence emphasizes that I do not just have three, two or some other number of books, but just one. The Definite Article-"THE"(the "I know what I really want") 1."I sat on a chair" and
2."I sat on the chair".
The second sentence refers to a particular, specific chair and not just any chair.
Many nouns especially singular forms which you will learn about in the next page, must have an article. In English, it is not possible to say "I sat on chair" without an article because it does not indicate which chair you sat on, or how many chairs you sat on.
Finally, when you see an article, you will add a noun to it. The noun may be the next word for example: "The man " or there may be adjectives and perhaps adverbs between the article and the noun for example;"The very big table"/"The terribly angry man" COUNTABLE NOUNS We can use the indefinite a/an with countable nouns . For example:"A dog is an animal".
When a countable noun is singular, we must use word like a/the/my/this with it.
For example: "I want an orange"/"where is my bed?".
When a countable noun is plural, we must use it alone .
For example:"I want oranges"/"where are my beds?"
Lastly, we can also use "some","any","a few" and "many" with countble nouns. For example,
1.I have some dollars
2.Have you got any pens?
3.I have a few dollars
4.I do not have many pens. UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS We usually treat uncountable nouns as singlular. We use singular verbs for example:
"This news is very important"
"Your luggage looks heavy"
We do not use the indefinite article "A/AN" with uncountable nouns. For instance, we cannot say "A information" or "A music". In order to make the above sentences correct, it will have to be :"A piece of information" and "A little music".
We use "some","any","A little", "much" with uncountable nouns.
for example: a little water
He listened to some music
I have much work to do
I do have any milk in my cup. Tips?Review *when you learn a new word, it is good idea to learn if it a countable or uncountable noun
*Try as much as possible to make your grocery lists in English with the use of countable and uncountable nouns
*It Will be a great thing for you to study this material further because as easy as it looks, it can be very confusing.....
OKAYYYYY TIME FOR SOME EXERCISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YAYYYYYY The word "the"is known as the definite article and it indicates a specific thing.Consider the sentences below Exercise http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/nouns_articles/a_the.htm
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