Gramática

Uncount nouns

Uncount nouns

Uncount 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
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