Sunday, August 28, 2011

COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS:


There are certain words which can only be used with countable nouns and not with uncountables. Other words can only be used with uncountables and not with countables.
words
countable
uncountable
example
little, less, least
x

little sustenance
few, fewer

x
few children
much
x

much food
many, several

x
many surprises
Some English speakers use less with countable nouns:
Sent off no less than 20 times in his career, Johnson is a surprisingly quiet and tender man.
This is not standard English and should be avoided in formal situations, especially in writing.
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