|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 do you count uncountable nouns? You can't, but you can measure them. You have to use ‘counters’:-
|Uncountable Question||How much sugar is there?||How much jewellery is there?||How much cheese is there?||How much wine is there?||How much furniture is there?||How much money is there?|
|Answer||There's a lot of sugar.||There's some jewellery.||There's a lot of cheese.||There's some wine.||There's some furniture.||There's a lot of money.|
|Add a word||bowl||piece||round||bottle||piece||bag|
Make it Countable
|A bowl of sugar.||A piece of jewellery.||A round of cheese.||A bottle of wine.||A piece of furniture.||A bag of money.|
|How many bowls of sugar are there?||How many pieces of jewellery are there?||How many rounds of cheese are there?||How many bottles of wine are there?||How many pieces of furniture are there?||How many bags of money are there?|
|There's one bowl of sugar.||There are two pieces of jewellery.||There are three rounds of cheese.||There's only one bottle of wine.||There are two pieces of furniture.||There are four bags of money.|
Other words you can add to make uncountable nouns countable:-
|You can put something into a container to count it, but the thing you're counting doesn't take the plural form. The container takes the plural form:-|
|bag||A bag of flour.|
|barrel||Two barrels of beer.|
|bottle||Three bottles of wine.|
|bowl||Four bowls of sugar.|
|box||Five boxes of cereal.|
|bucket||Six buckets of water.|
|can||Seven cans of Coke.|
|carton||Eight cartons of milk.|
|cup||Nine cups of coffee.|
|glass||Ten glasses of water.|
|jar||Eleven jars of honey.|
|packet||A dozen packets of butter.|
|a saucepan||Thirteen pans of rice.|
|tank||Fifteen tanks of petrol.|
|tin||Sixteen tins of custard.|
|tub||Seventeen tubs of margarine.|
|tube||Eighteen tubes of toothpaste.|
|You can measure something to count it, but it still doesn't take the plural form. The measurement takes the plural form:-||For example:-|
|litre||1 and a half litres of milk.|
|pint||Two pints of beer.|
|pound / ounce / kilo etc...||Two pounds / ounces / kilos of butter.|
|You can measure uncountable nouns in other ways, using shapes or portions. Again the measurement takes the plural form.|
|ball||Ten balls of wool.|
|bar||Three bars of soap.|
|pinch||Two pinches of salt.|
|slice||Five slices of cake.|
|spoon||Fourteen spoonfuls of sugar.|
|square||Nine squares of chocolate.|
What about money? Money is uncountable, but you can count how much money or cash you have. Accountants do it all the time.
So, how much money have you got?
First you can put your money into piles.
How many piles of money have you got?
|A pile of money|
You can put money into bags.
How many bags of money have you got?
|Two bags of money|
You can use different currencies.
How many English pounds have you got?
You can use different denominations.
How many pennies/cents have you got?
Your Challenge - Can you think of any more ways to describe uncountable nouns?
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