Uncount nounsUncount nouns refer to things such as substances, qualities, feelings, or types of activity. They have no plural form: they do not treat the things they refer to as countable. (In order to treat things as countable, they need to be used with a phrase like a piece of, two lumps of, or an item of).These nouns are labelled N-UNCOUNT in the Collins Cobuild English Dictionary.
Uncount nouns are usually used without a determiner, but they are often preceded by a determiner such as some, all, or her, or a possessive like Jane's. They can be used with a definite determiner like the or this when the thing they refer to is specified or can be understood from the context, e.g. It was a nice room but I didn't think much of the furniture.
If in doubt about any aspect of a deal, take advice from an independent financial adviser.
I have found great comfort in your letters and comments.
There is some concern in Labor's ranks about the party's prospects in the upcoming by-election.
Try to keep any conflict between you and your ex-partner to a minimum.
She had, she discovered to her pleasure, a talent for making her fellow guests laugh.
All research has shown that defendants distrust the magistrates' court and feel they have a better chance of acquittal if they go to the Crown Court.
Uncount nouns can also be used with the, or in many cases a, when they are preceded by modifiers or followed by qualifiers, e.g. an inexplicable happiness; the happiness of the individual. (There are a number of nouns, like advice, information, and furniture, which can never be used with a.)
The fall in share prices reflects a general anxiety about the prospects for the world economy.
He seems to have a mystic faith in his ability to communicate with the British people.
Part of the fun of a self-catering holiday is getting your hands on all that wonderful, local fresh produce that food writers keep banging on about.
It should be possible to build a robot with the intelligence of a mouse.
Tom Keneally writes sentimentally about a youth untroubled by sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.
When an uncount noun is the Subject of a verb, the verb is singular.
It may be some time before electricity is available from anything other than a gas-powered generator.
Here is a list of some of the most frequent nouns which have at least one uncount sense:
abuse access accommodation action activity administration adventure advice agriculture aid air alcohol anger anxiety approval art assistance attention beauty behaviour belief blood boxing broadcasting business capacity care cash charity coal coffee collapse comedy comfort commitment communication compensation competition concern confidence conflict consideration construction contact control corruption courage coverage cream creation credit cricket culture damage danger defence democracy design development discipline distribution duty east electricity emotion employment energy entry equipment equity evidence existence expectation expense experience export exposure failure faith fashion fate feeling fiction fighting finance fire football force fortune freedom fun furniture gas glass gold grace growth happiness health heat help history honour horror housing ice illness import importance independence industry infection inflation influence information intelligence interest introduction investment involvement iron jazz joy justice killing knowledge labour lack land language leadership leave legislation life light love luck luxury management material medicine membership milk money motion music nature news noise north observation opposition ownership painting paper passion pay peace permission philosophy play pleasure possession potential poverty power practice prayer preparation pressure pride production progress promotion property protection provision publication publicity quality racing radio rain reaction reading reality recognition relief religion rescue research resistance respect responsibility revenue safety salt sand science security sight silence sleep smoke snow society software south spending status strength stuff success sugar sunshine support surgery survival talk taste telephone television tension therapy time today tomorrow tonight trade traffic training transport travel trouble trust truth unemployment unity use value violence water wealth weather weight welfare west work worry writing yesterday youth