Intermediate vocabulary: 10 uncountable nouns
Here are 10 uncountable nouns for pre-intermediate and intermediate learners. We’ve chosen words which learners often think are countable.
Here’s what you need to remember about uncountable and countable nouns:
- Nouns are either countable or uncountable.
- If a noun is countable we can count it; if a noun is uncountable we can’t count it.
- Uncountable nouns cannot have a number before them (we don’t say:
one adviceor two news).
10 uncountable nouns:
Before uncountable nouns we often use some or any:
- I need some advice.
- We don’t have any news.
- He doesn’t have much experience.
We can also use a lot of, a little, very little and much:
- There is a lot of information.
- They only have a little equipment.
- They don’t have much luggage.
How to make uncountable nouns countable
It is possible to make some uncountable nouns countable by using a word like piece:
- a piece of advice
- two pieces of news
- three pieces of information
- four pieces of equipment
- five pieces of luggage.
The nouns experience, progress, trouble and accommodation cannot be made countable in the above way.
N.B. Experience also exists as a countable noun, as in this sentence: ‘We had a lot of good experiences on our trip’.
In American English accommodations (with an ‘s’) is used.