Lego|Grammar|Pre-Int|4. Singular uncountable nouns


Choose the correct category for each word

Answer the questions

1. Are these words Singular or Plural?

2. Can you count love, knowledge or butter?


🔹The words «advice», «money» and «news» are Uncountable in English and are always used in the Singular form:

The advice you gave me was useless.

The good news is that tomorrow will be fine and sunny.

Money is not everything.

🔹Be careful with the noun «hair», which is normally Uncountable and used in Singular. It can be Countable only when referring to individual hairs.

She has long blond hair.


My father has a few grey hairs. (about individual hairs)

I found a hair in my soup! (about a single thin piece of hair)

Watch the video and fill in the gaps in the rules

More about Uncountable nouns

We generally use Singular verb forms with Uncountable nouns: «The rice is cooked».
The indefinite articles «a» and «an» cannot be used: «I have a money». «I have money».
We can use «some» to refer to Uncountable nouns in positive sentences and «any» in negative sentences and questions: «I don’t take any sugar in my coffee.»

Mark each word as Countable or Uncountable


Correct the mistakes and rewrite the sentences. There is one mistake in every sentence


(I’m so thirsty. Do you have some water?)

I’m so thirsty. Do you have any water?

Read the information carefully

Grain — a single seed.

Spoonful — the amount that a spoon will hold.

Although such things as tea or news are impossible to count, we can use other nouns, like «a cup» or «a piece», before them to express their quantity.


As you remember, we do not usually use the indefinite article a/an with Uncountable nouns. We cannot say «an information» or «a music». But we can say a «something» of:

• a piece/bit of news
• a piece/word of advice
• a bottle of water, beer, etc.
• a cup of tea
• a grain of rice
• a spoonful of sugar

Complete the sentences using these phrases

Read the recipe and choose C (for Countable) and U (for Uncountable) next to every ingredient



In order to cook pancakes you need eggs, milk, flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and butter. First, mix together 4 cups of milk and 4 eggs. Add some sugar and a little bit of salt and baking soda. Then blend in the flour. After that melt a tablespoon of butter in a small frying pan. The pancakes should be really thin. You can eat them with your favourite jam or honey.

Think of one of your favourite recipes and write down the ingredients. Then describe how to cook this dish as if you were a cooking show host


rice (C / U)


Decide whether these nouns are Countable (C) or Uncountable (U)

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Click on the word which is different (Countable or Uncountable)


cake / bread / bacon / cheese

Select the correct option

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Decide if the sentences are right or wrong. Tick (✓) the right sentences and see the correct variants of the wrong ones

  • Types of uncountables
  • Uncountables video
  • Countables and uncountables
  • Types of Uncountables
  • Using uncountables
  • Countable or not?
  • Much or many?

Урок не принадлежит курсу