In an earlier blog I talked about how to use A, AN and THE. We learned that A and AN mean 1.
A banana = 1 banana An apple = 1 apple
We use A and AN with nouns we can count (bananas, books etc.), but we don’t use them with nouns we can’t count. (water, music etc.)
Today I want look at countable and uncountable nouns in more detail. If you can understand the difference between these 2 kinds of nouns it will be easier to use them naturally in English conversation. It will also help you to understand more parts of English grammar.
A common mistake students make is trying to use A or AN with uncountable nouns.
“I heard a good music yesterday at Tower records.” INCORRECT
“I heard a good song yesterday.” CORRECT
A song is countable, we can count them. This CD has 8 new songs. Music is not countable. We don’t say
4 musics. A correct sentence would be:
“I heard good music yesterday at Tower records.” Not
A good music.
electricity – My cottage doesn’t have electricity.
Next is part 2…