Say What??? Some nouns can be count or non-count? Crazy English or can something help me to not feel confused?
Perhaps I can help clear up some of the confusion. Yes there are nouns that can be count or non-count, but it is because they refer to something different. Examples:
Chicken can be count or non-count. If chicken refers to what you buy at the store and is cut up, then chicken is non-count such as- Matt bought some chicken to cook for his students. (My students would be scared by the idea of me cooking for them) 🙂
Chicken is a count noun when it refers to living birds such as- My neighbors have four chickens but they don’t share eggs with me.
Hamburger is non-count when it refers to the meat you buy at the store such as- Matt bought some hamburger to cook meatloaf for his students, (My students need not worry, I won’t try to cook for you) 🙂
Hamburger is count when it refers to what you buy at a restaurant or make and eat at home such as- Bill ate ten McDonald’s hamburgers yesterday, (Oh oh cholesterol will go up).
So when trying to decide if the noun is count or non-count look to what it refers to. If you have a question about a specific noun, leave a comment here or for those of you who follow me on facebook leave it there with this post.