Countable and Uncountable Nouns Definition
In the English language there are two types of a noun: countable and uncountable.
The countable nouns are those nouns that can exist both separately and in group or, in other words, those which you can count, like:
- a book, a dog
- an american, an apple
- a girlfriend
Singular nouns must be preceded by the indefinite article "a" (before words beginning with a consonant) - e.g. a book or "an" (before words beginning with a vowel) - e.g. an American.
If a noun is plural we don't use any indefinite articles.
- books, dogs
- americans, apples
- I like eating apples
Both in plurals and singulars definite article"the" may appear.
- Do you remember the restaurant I told you about yesterday?
- It turned out that the panes were shattered.