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Unit 8 - Lesson 38 - Countable vs Uncountable Nouns

Some, Any, A few, A little, Many, Much

Remember It

 

How much ....? = uncountable nouns
For example: How much coffee do you drink?
How many ....? = countable nouns
For example: How many cups of coffee do you drink?

How much? How many?

  Countable Nouns Uncountable Nouns
In questions: We use how many with plural countable nouns:- We use how much with uncountable nouns:-
  "How many newspapers do you read every day?" "How much paper is in the printer?"
  "How many Euros have you got?" "How much money have you got?"
Revise It - How much and How many Lesson 36

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Some, Any

Countable

Uncountable

There are some

people.
cups.
books.
newspapers.
chairs.
shoes.
Euros.

There is some

money.
traffic.
paper.
time.
coffee.
food.


 

Countable

Uncountable

Statements: We can use some in positive sentences with plural countable nouns:- We can use some in positive sentences with uncountable nouns:-

Positive:

I read some books. I would like some coffee.

Countable

Uncountable

There aren't any

people.
cups.
books.
newspapers.
chairs.
shoes.
Euros.

There isn't any

money.
traffic.
paper.
time.
coffee.
food.


Statement: We can use any in negative sentences with plural countable nouns:- We can use any in negative sentences with uncountable nouns:-

Negative:

I don't read any books. I don't want any coffee.

Countable

Uncountable

Are(n't) there any

people?
cups?
books?
newspapers?
chairs?
shoes?
Euros?

Is(n't) there any

money?
traffic?
paper?
time?
coffee?
food?


Questions:

We can use any in questions with plural countable nouns:- We can use any in questions with plural uncountable nouns:-

Positive Q:

Are there any books? Do you need any coffee?

Negative Q:

Aren't there any books? Don't you need any coffee?

!Note! When you expect the answer to be "Yes." to an offer or polite request, you can ask a question using some.

 

Countable

Uncountable

Question:

Can I have some books, please? Would you like some coffee?

 

A few, A little

There are a few

people
cups
books
newspapers
chairs
shoes
Euros

There is a little

money
traffic
paper
time
coffee
food


 

Countable

Uncountable

Statements:    
Positive: "I meet a few people every day." "There is a little paper in the printer."
  "I only have a few Euros." "I only have a little money."

 

Many, Much

There aren't many people
cups
books
newspapers
chairs
shoes
There isn't much

money
traffic
paper
time
coffee
food


 

Countable

Uncountable

Statements:    

Negative:

I don't read many books. I don't drink much coffee.

Questions:

   

Positive Q:

Are there many books? Do you need much coffee?

Negative Q:

Aren't there many books? Don't you need much coffee?

 


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