Non-Count Nouns correct use and Americans talking

I used to teach nouns in a class I taught some years ago. Part of teaching nouns is to teach about singular nouns, plural nouns, and something we have in English called non-count nouns.

The non-count nouns can make English learners feel a bit confused.

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So today I want to try to clear up some confusion and as always if you have a question or comment, please leave a comment.

Many non-count nouns are names of categories and the items in the category are count nouns.

Examples:

Jewelry is the name of the category and is non-count, but the items in the category are count such as ring, bracelet, and earring.

Some jewelry, a lot jewelry, a little jewelry are correct but a jewelry is incorrect.

BUT

a ring, two rings, a bracelets, five bracelets are all correct.

Anything that has water is non-count such as coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate, soup. We can say a bowl of soup, a cup of coffee, a bottle of water but the count noun is bowl, cup, bottle.

I can write two cups of coffee and the plural noun is the word cups not water.

Some confusion can come from being around an American and listening to them speak in everyday situations such as going to a coffee shop. I do it myself.

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I go into a coffee shop and speak with the American working there and correct grammar goes out the window. So I made a quick little video for you to talk about it. You can see it by clicking on the video below. I will add more about non-count nouns this week. As ALWAYS, if you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment.

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Here is the video 🙂

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