Countable & Uncountable Nouns for SSC, BANK Exam 2020-21
[su_heading size=”31″] Countable and Uncountable Nouns[/su_heading]
We know that anything and everything which can be named is in the class of nouns. If you do not know what I just said, read the statement again and try to understand what is stated. How can we classify all the things (Materialistic and Non-Materialistic) into two categories can be the question in many aspirants’ minds. Let us make this clear.
First of all, we have to understand that there can be two types in which anything we name can be classified:-
Let me make this clear,
- Everything that we can see and touch or simply you can say, things which have physical existence are known as Materialistic nouns.
- Everything that we can neither see nor touch but can only feel in emotions or something which has no physical existence is called Non-Materialistic nouns.
Now, when we have clearly understood how we can classify everything into two classes, now it is time to understand how we can classify everything into the class of countability and uncountability. But before doing any classification, try to understand the meaning of what these words represent:-
- Countable Nouns – Nouns that can be counted in numbers are termed as countable nouns. Eg- Table, Chair, Pen, Rabbit, etc.
- Uncountable Nouns – Nouns which cannot be counted in numbers but can be measured, are termed as Uncountable Nouns. Eg- Honesty, Innocence, Bravery, etc.
Can you now divide everything into two categories? If not, let me help you out in this. Non-Materialistic things can not be counted, and can never be in real terms. Let me give you an example that will crystal-clear everything. Suppose you are in an interview, and one of the people in the interview panel asked you a very strange question. The question states “Can you tell me how many confidence you have, by considering us as the student and yourself as a teacher and explaining anything ?”
Did you find anything strange in this question which the interviewer asked ? if not, then you need to read more terms which exist only in mind or thoughts. In simple language, we term them as “Abstract Nouns”. Try to read more and more examples of abstract nouns so that you get acquainted with uncountable and abstract nouns.
Let me tell you what was wrong with the above question. “Confidence” is a “Non-Materialistic” word so we can not count it in general. The word “many” is used for “Countable nouns” and “much” is used for “uncountable nouns” so the word used here will be “Much”.
Now you might have got an idea of how we classify things into uncountable nouns. Countable nouns include everything that can be counted in terms of numbers. Let us look at some examples of Countable and uncountable nouns.
Table – Countable
Pen – Countable
Innocence – Uncountable
Honesty – Uncountable
Diary – Countable
Charger – Countable
Telephone – Countable
Water – Countable/Uncountable.
Now, if you have a look at the word “Water”, it can be countable or uncountable both. How is this possible? Let us have a look. When we talk about water in general as, “There is some water in the glass”, in this sentence water is uncountable. But if we write the sentence as “Two water bottles were sent for the guests.” This is how we can take water in countable terms. Here, actually we are counting water-filled bottles, but as the quantity of water in every bottle is fixed so we term them as countable.
You might have understood things now that how we classify things into two categories. The other thing that we have learned is how you can make many of the uncountable things as countable things, as we did in case of water. Many and many words are there which need to be explored by you for further growth and knowledge of new words in this category. Let us discuss it further through some more examples:-
- Much people are waiting for Rahul to perform at the concert.
Explanation- “Many” should be used here because people are a countable word and for countable words, we use “Many” not “Much”
- There are many bottles of milk to be supplied in this area.
Explanation- Explanation- “Many” should be used here because people are a countable word and for countable words, we use “Many” not “Much”
So, this is how you can think of as many words as you want and try to fit them in either of the two categories. Many words will be there which will fit in both the categories just like water, milk, etc. you just need to keep special attention for words like these. Better try finding and categorizing words into these categories and make everything you find out into two classes. This concept will definitely help you out in competitive exams. Mind you read and understand everything stated above with focus.