In this section we’ll have a look at brief list of countable and uncountable nouns along with their different categories. Before getting started let us first have a look at what they actually mean ?
Countable nouns or count nouns refer to entities that can be counted. Thus, they can take both singular and plural form. They are preceded by ‘a’ , ‘an’ in singular form or ‘the’ in plural form.
Uncountable Nouns or mass nouns refer to those entities which can not be counted. They usually do not have a plural form but in some contexts they can be used in a plural sense too.
Below is the list of some countable and uncountable nouns to give you a brief idea of their existence in our lives.
List of Uncountable Nouns of different Categories
Here we have a concise list of of items or objects which fall under different categories of uncountable noun like feelings, ideas, liquids etc.
|Categories of Uncountable Nouns||Name of Item / Object|
|Liquids||milk, water, coffee, oil etc.|
|Gas||Air, Oxygen etc.|
|Feelings||Happiness, joy, jealousy, anger, courage, zeal, enthusiasm, respect, pride, patience, love, kindness, guilt, determination etc.|
|State of Being||anxiety, stress, sleep, obesity etc.|
|Phases of Life||childhood, adolescence, teenage, motherhood, youth etc.|
|Amorphous Substances||sand, salt, soil etc.|
|Grain||rice, wheat, barley etc.|
|Natural Phenomenon||rain, snow, sunshine, thunder, lightning, wind etc.|
|Abstract ideas||advise, motivation, weight, time, progress, poverty, news, nature, power, logic, knowledge, intelligence, innocence, chaos etc.|
|Miscellaneous||information, chaos, education, unemployment, traffic, transportation, travel, work, trade, shopping, publicity, pollution, nutrition, production, music, magic, laughter, importance, grammar, genetics, entertainment, electricity, economics etc.|
List of Countable Nouns of Different Categories
Here we have a concise list of of items or objects which belong to different categories of countable noun like edible entities etc.
|Category of Countable Noun||Name of Item / Object|
|Edible entities||apple, oranges, carrot, cake, chocolate, ice-cream etc.|
|Monuments||hospital, school, temple, church etc.|
|Stationary||pen, pencil, bag, lamp, book, box, table etc.|
|Decoration||bulb, wreath, mirror, chandelier, garland, ribbon etc.|
|Part of a Dress||top, skirt, trouser, shoes, sweater etc.|
|Everyday object of use||brush, mop, broom, umbrella, post-box, mail, computer, phone, bucket, ladle, cup etc.|
|Things in a Garden||flower, pot, tree, hose-pipe etc.|
|Miscellaneous||bottle, plate, car, fan, trophy, door, calculator, drum, card, bouquet, house, friend, chair, library, question, answer, country, problem, doctor, school, college, teacher, bus, train, guitar etc.|
Words which are Both Countable and Uncountable
There are some words which act as both countable and uncountable depending on the way they are used, let’s look at some of them.
|Word||Countable Use||Uncountable Use|
|Room||There are 205 rooms in the mayor’s mansion.||There is no room for error.|
|Hair||There was a strand of hair in the soup.||He has a lot of hair.|
|Light||The shop was lit by lights of different colors.||There is light at the end of the tunnel.|
|Truth||The truths stated by him were confirmed by the witness.||There was no truth in the matter.|
Thus, words are subjective to the reader’s discretion and use.