Countable and Uncountable Nouns Unit 5

When teaching the countable and uncountable nouns, it is important to remember the following:

Countable nouns are those we can count individually, for e.g. a book – some books,  a bird –  some birds an egg – some eggs.

Uncountable nouns are those we cannot count individually, for e.g. sugar, milk, coffee.  When we count these nouns in units the units are countable.  E.g. A spoonful of sugar, a kilo of coffee.

We must remember that some and any are used for both countable and uncountable nouns.  Some is used in affirmative sentences and any is used in negative and interrogative sentences.  When these words are used with countables the verb is in plural.  E.g.  There ARE some books on the table. When some is used with uncountables, the verb is in singular.  E.g. There IS some sugar on the table. 

Interrogative:  Is there ANY coffee in the jar?  Are there ANY books in the box?

Negative:  There isn’t ANY milk in the fridge.  There aren’t ANY apples on the tree.

Here are some simple gap filling exercises to practise the above.

  1. There …….. some fans on the pitch.

  2. There isn’t ………… atmosphere at the match today.

  3. There ……….. ………… cold drinks in the fridge to have after the match.

  4. Is there …….. ice in the freezer?

  5. There …………. any fans standing outside the stadium today.

  6. ……. there ……. photographers waiting for the footballers?

  7. Is there ……. bread for me to make a sandwich?

  8. ……. there ……. bottles of water for the players to drink?

  9. There ……..    ………  room on the coach for more passengers.

  10. ……. there …….. children playing football in the park?

Look at the illustration above.  Choose six countable nouns and six uncountable nouns and make sentences in affirmative, negative and interrogative.  Use as many different structures as you can. Make your sentences as personal as posible.  This will give your language learning meaning.

E.g.  I don’t want any vegetables for dinner tonight.  There isn’t any soup on the menu in my school today. I like to have an apple at lunch time.