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The Count Noun

Recognize a count noun when you see one.

Nouns name people, places, and things. Many nouns have both singular and plural forms. If you can add a number to the front of a noun and put an s at the end of it, you have a count noun. Check out these examples:

Beatrice offered Jeremy a chocolate-chip cookie.

Jeremy, an impolite pig, grabbed all seventeen cookies off of the plate.

Cookie is a count noun. You can have one cookie, or you can be a pig like Jeremy and have seventeen cookies.

Remember that some nouns are noncount.

You cannot count all nouns. To make a noncount noun plural would be illogical. Read the following sentence:

Jeremy apologized for his rudeness, but his growling stomach stopped him from returning any of the cookies to the plate.

Rudeness is an example of a noncount noun. Jeremy does not have five rudenesses. Such a statement would make absolutely no sense!

Look over this chart contrasting count and noncount nouns:

Count Nouns Noncount Nouns
hurricane(s)
chair(s)
smile(s)
bagel(s)
book(s)
assignment(s)
weather
furniture
happiness
flour
information
homework

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