Count and Noncount Nouns Part 2

Some nouns can take numbers in front of them, and some nouns cannot. Nouns that can have numbers in front are called count nouns (or countable nouns). English nouns that cannot have numbers directly in front are called noncount nouns (or uncountable). It’s important to understand the difference between count and noncount nouns. Check out Count and Noncount Nouns Part 1 for the basics. Then come back here for the next step (part 2).

Count Noncount
Few, fewer, a few Yes
– few pens, fewer vegetables, a few bananas
No
Little, less, a little No Yes
– little time, less freedom, a little honey
A lot of, lots of, enough, plenty of, some, any, no Yes Yes

Little & Few

Count nouns use ‘many’ but noncount nouns use ‘much’.

Examples

Count Noncount
There are few things. There is little furniture.
Do you have a few dollars? Do you have a little time?

A lot of/Lots of, Enough/Plenty Of, Some/Any, & No

Yay! You can use all of the modifiers with both count and noncount nouns!

Examples

Count Noncount
Are there lots of students? Is there a lot of money?
There aren’t any people. There isn’t enough air.
There are plenty of things. There is some furniture.
Do you have any dollars? Do you have any time?