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Uncountable English Nouns | Fix Common Grammar Mistakes & Errors


Hello I’m Emma from mmmEnglish! In this lesson we’re focusing on English nouns. Why? Because so many of the mistakes that you’re making in English are related to the way that you use nouns. Starting from the top, there are two types of English noun countable and uncountable English nouns. Now, you might be thinking “yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah… Whatever it doesn’t really matter!” But actually, it does matter. It really really does, for a whole lot of reasons! Like, how to use articles correctly. How to use ‘much’ and ‘many’, ‘so’ and ‘such’, ‘some’ and ‘any’ or ‘a little’ and ‘a few’. These words all depend on the type of noun and learning and understanding more about countable and uncountable nouns and how they’re used differently will dramatically improve your English grammar! I guarantee you that some of the mistakes that you’re making in English are because you are treating an uncountable noun like a countable noun, or a countable noun like an uncountable noun! Now, I’ve made a ‘cheat sheet’ to help you understand these rules and I’m going to tell you how to
download it at the end of this lesson. In this video we’re focusing on
uncountable nouns but you can check out another video on countable nouns right
there. Okay! So, the kitchen is a great place to start talking about countable
and uncountable nouns. It’s been a while since mmmEnglish has been in the kitchen, so I’m very excited to be back here! The easiest way to remember uncountable nouns is to think about nouns that are difficult to count. Things like liquids, water, or wine. Gases the air, or powders like flour. Or things like electricity, money or abstract nouns like happiness, motivation and luck. Now, all of these nouns, if you think about it, are difficult to count. Uncountable nouns have only one form. They can’t be plural. You can’t use ‘a’ or ‘an’ with uncountable nouns because they can’t be counted. You can’t use numbers with them at all. We can’t say “I need a milk” or “give me 3
monies”. But you can use some with uncountable nouns and that just means ‘an amount’, but not a specific amount. “Can you get some rice from the supermarket for me?” We can also use uncountable nouns without ‘some’. “Can you get rice from the
supermarket for me?” (That’s) perfectly okay as well! For example, to make pancakes I need
to make, I need to have some flour. I need to have some sugar, some water and maybe even some maple syrup. All of these nouns are uncountable but we do need a way to quantify these nouns, especially when you’re cooking in the kitchen. We need to know how much to use! And that’s easy to do when you’re talking about countable nouns, like ‘a lemon’ or ‘an apple’ but with uncountable nouns you need another countable noun to help you quantify your uncountable noun. A packet of rice, a cup of oil, a can of coconut milk, 2 litres of water, for example. And all of a sudden, all of these things can become countable! Notice how I was using an article with all of those nouns? Now, this is all great in the
kitchen but what about outside of the kitchen, with nouns like information or
happiness or money, luggage, advice! It’s the same idea! A piece of information, a moment of happiness, a bit of luck or a bit of money, two pieces of luggage or I’ve got three pieces of advice for you! Let’s recap on uncountable nouns for a
moment. They have only one form. They’re never plural. You can’t use
articles like ‘a’ or ‘an’ with them and can’t use numbers. You can’t say ‘an information’ or ‘two luggages’ or ‘three advices’. Okay? Fabulous! Don’t forget that you can download this worksheet to help you practice using uncountable nouns correctly. Now, there are some uncountable nouns that you’ll see being used as plural nouns. Eeeek! But before you freak out, these exceptions are related to the context and just for a moment this is going to get a little bit confusing. But be patient, stay calm! I’m going to help you to understand right now! Let’s use coffee as an example! I’ve got some instant coffee here, some coffee beans and of
course, a delicious cup of coffee. Now, the liquid is uncountable and so is the powder that’s in instant coffee. Now, you can count the
beans but that’s less common. So, we need some other countable nouns to tell us some more information about the noun. A jar, a packet or a kilogram a cup. But you might hear someone say “I’ll have a coffee with two sugars please.” Huh? Coffee and sugar are both uncountable! How can that be? Well simply, the context will
tell us that it means a cup of coffee and two teaspoons of sugar. The same if someone said “We’ll take three waters.” It means three bottles of water or three
glasses of water. So, how do you know if a noun is countable or uncountable? It’s easy! In the dictionary when you look up this word you’ll see [U] or a [C] next to that noun. It will tell you if it’s countable or uncountable and instantly, you’ll know how you can use this noun, especially once you download the
worksheet that’s going to help you. It’s really important because remember
there’s lots of different words that you can use in English with uncountable nouns that you can’t use with countable nouns. There’s a little water in my cup. There’s a few waters in my cup. There’s too much information. There’s too many informations. So, it’s really important that you’re using the correct English word with these nouns. Now, before I finish I want to tell you some of the
biggest mistakes that I see with uncountable nouns in English. Advice, knowledge, information, news, luggage, equipment and furniture These are all uncountable nouns. They have only one form. So, that’s it for this lesson! I hope that you’re feeling a little more confident with uncountable nouns now. Remember that you can watch the countable nouns lesson, right here! Make sure that you subscribe to my channel, so that you never miss a lesson! There’s a couple more lessons in this playlist that you might enjoy too! That’s it for now, but I will see you
again very soon! Bye!

Bernard Jenkins

100 Comments

  1. Hi, I hope your lesson help me with my English, because I am really bad. You have great information. Thanks a lot of.

  2. mmmEnglish Hi!! How do you say in english 2 quesos? And 2 trozos de queso? Is the same 2 pieces od cheese? I have a problem with the word Cheese? Could you help me, please?

  3. I love the way you enjoy your self while talking …… Dancing and smiling

  4. But, when you said three waters, do we say that in a daily day like isn`t worring to say that

  5. Hey, I'm brasilian and I realy like this video. This one help me a lot <3

  6. when do we know when or when not to put an es and a s for nouns that end With o???

  7. My dear honorable teacher, I really enjoyed this lesson. Because this is very important to understand before to use what is uncountable and countable nouns. Now I really clear about the both of nouns, How will I should use. Thank you Emma for made this extraordinary lesson.

  8. thank you for the video, very educational, but i have to ask about the word "Advise"; I've heard a native English speaker once say "I have 3 advises to give you…." was that sentence accurate? if not, then how do we use the word advise in that context? i'll appreciate your response.

  9. emma you are very interesting speaker .l like your lessons.best wishis.

  10. The word "money" is an uncountable noun? Who can not count the money? 🙂

  11. Thank you, Emma, for useful lesson. It helped me better to understand the implementation of the grammar rules.

  12. Emma, I've heard so many times these examples:

    "Two coffees, please!" but not "Two cups of coffee, please."
    "I need some coffee, immediately."
    "Three milkshakes for table A."
    … etc.

    Is that mean that these nouns are both countable and uncountable?

  13. Why did you say "a coffee"in your first lesson?
    I don't know.

  14. thanks Emma it an amazing sweet loving soul and I'm pretty sure anyone and everyone thinks that about u cause u so nice and the way you explain English is better than anyone that has ever taught me English thanks and keep it up

  15. Baby I love you 😘😘😘😘😘😘

  16. Hello my dear Emma, can u clear me how money is uncountable noun as we can count money.

  17. If it is ok and can go like "a coffe….two sugars"…then why not it can also be ok with "two luggages or two advice"😬🤔??

  18. Thanks for your help! You are really nice teacher!! Greetings from Argentina

  19. thank you for the lesson , you have great method of explaining

  20. you are so beautiful the much that makes it so hard to concentrate on what are you saying

  21. The question is why 'languor' is countable. You can't say "one languor, two languor", still it goes with an article

  22. Hello my online teacher!
    I want to see a ditail lesson about "Pharase & Close" in English; with tricky & tactful ways.

  23. I'm so glad that i found your channel it seem easy to learn with you thank so much

  24. Hi Emma,
    You tell about uncountable noun is very easy way in this lesson.
    Thanks

  25. I thought that advice is a countable noun, because in my native language it's countable.

  26. Hi Emma,

    I'm Lenin from Honduras. I am an English learners as s foreign language and i was wondering if you could help me with something. The thing is that I am currently taking a contrastive grammar class and I was assigned the homework to do a research about "Countable and uncountable nouns more specifically on why do Spanish speakers make mistakes when using this type of nouns. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks and regards

  27. can we put "a" before the word news?or not? And why? thanks in advance

  28. Thanks mam but I am ask one question to you
    Why the use in uncountable noun
    Because this is the part of article.

  29. Thanks for the lesson! It is very useful and clear. I have learnt a lot from this video.

  30. I had a class about countables and uncountable nouns at school and it was so confusing and frustrating. Thank God for you Emma. Now I understand this subject. Thank you very much. You are awesome!

  31. Your lessons are inexpressible, awesome you are always my favour💝🙂.

  32. Hello everyone, I'm Jack, I come from polen. Anyway, If I something don't understand. I'm looking Emma. She explain me all.
    Thanke you Emma.

  33. i did not know about luggage is uncountable. i tought i can say i have a luggage.

  34. which is better to say – a lot of money – have been or has been collected for charity-.

  35. Nice lesson….I really enjoy it. It is helpful. Thank you

  36. At 2:47 scissors and pants are uncountable but they are always plural(can not be singulars)
    But many thanks to you.

  37. Young people spend too much money on TRAVELING and eating out! IS THIS CORRECT?

  38. I'm from Somali i like your explantion is very good and preparation of the lessons also is very good ♡♡♡

  39. but can we not say that "I have an advice for you."
    is it correct to say that?

  40. your explanation is great! I am from India and all of my friends love to watch your channel. I am so glad that I've found your channel ❤ . love from India 🇮🇳 ❤❤

  41. ME GUSTA EL VIDEO ERES GENIAL!
    Ya no sirve le link para la descarga de la hoja de trabajo 🙁

  42. Finally. . I found pure knowledge about ""countable and uncountable"" . Thank you for the perfect teaching also kitchen dance

  43. our professsor bring this video to class to clarified a point about countable noune and uncountable nouns ; and you dance A little bit all class laught hahaha .thanks alot Madaem Emma

  44. Madam plz plz correct this sentence.. Tv channels and newspaper provide informations that are important to the citizens

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