Count nounsCount nouns refer to individual people or things. They have a plural form, usually formed by adding s, though there are some irregular plurals (see Collins Cobuild English Grammar). When they are singular, they are usually used with a determiner, such as a, each, his, that, or the, or with a possessive such as John's. When they are plural, they may be used either without a determiner or with a determiner such as any, some, or the, or a number.
Singular count nouns without a determiner
These nouns are labelled N-COUNT in the Collins Cobuild English Dictionary.
There can be a big difference between how you feel and how you behave.
Differences also emerged between the two areas in relation to political leadership.
I don't think the answer to high divorce rates is to make divorce more difficult.
There aren't any easy answers.
Set in provincial Germany in the Thirties, the book is a subtle, elegiac exploration of the author's childhood relationship with his grandfather.
'Her books are based on her own experience of learning to fly a helicopter,' a spokeswoman said.
The situation in the city was generally calm.
These cities were supposed to absorb migrants coming to the capital.
Peter was still in hospital having extensive treatment to save the sight in his right eye.
His eyes were red as if he had been crying.
The younger girl was taken by the SEQEB helicopter to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
A few rows behind her the two girls she'd noticed earlier were sitting close together, not speaking.
This issue is by no means as clear cut as his letter suggests.
The issues are complex.
When a singular count noun is the Subject of a verb, the verb is singular. If a plural count noun is the Subject of a verb, the verb is plural.
The meeting in New York was the first high-level contact since the end of the civil war.
His political meetings were open to all and he was brutal with hecklers.
There are also situations where a woman is not seen as so much of a threat as a male colleague.
Women are as much at risk as men of developing diseases from smoking.
Here is a list of some of the most frequent nouns which have at least one count sense:
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