Phonetics, Acoustics, Statistics, Mathematics, Electronics, Philosophy, History, the new[ noul], the beautiful [ frumosul], the sublime, the good, the evil, the infinite, the fantastic, the grotesque, progress, traffic, behaviour, weather, work, etc
news - The news is on at 6.30 p.m.
athletics - Athletics is good for young people.
linguistics - Linguistics is the study of language.
darts - Darts is a popular game in
billiards - Billiards is played all over the world.
Some nouns are both countable and uncountable in English, depending on their use in the sentence:
Hair – hairs [ fire de par]
Work – works [lucrari]
Paper- papers [ = newspapers]
Time – times[ori]
Light – lights[becuri, surse de lumina]
Noise – a noise
Room [ spatiu] – room [ camera]
I don`t have much hair.
There are two hairs in my coffee.
Close the curtains:
There`s too much light.
There are two lights in my bedroom.
I thought I heard a noise. There`s too much noise and I can`t work.
Have you got some paper? I`d like to draw something. Have you bought the today`s newspaper?
Is there room for me to sit here? Our house has four rooms.
Have you got time for a coffee? We had a great time at the party.
I have no money.
I need work.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare`s greatest works.
Drinks [ coffee, water, orange juice] are usually uncountable. But if we are thinking of a cup or a glass, we can say [in a restaurant, for example]:
Two teas and one coffee, please.
That news doesn`t make me happy.
Bad news doesn`t make me happy.
Less money does not mean lack of happiness.
There was little evidence against him.
The upper nouns can be counted if a quantifier is used:
a piece of, an item of, a fit of [ fever], a bit of, a word / a piece of [ advice], a bowl of, a plate of, a glass of, a bottle of,,,
A piece of : news / furniture / bread / chocolate / bacon
An An item of : furniture / news / infinformation
An article / item of furniture
A word of abuse / advice
A bit / piece of luck
A piece of advice / evidence / research
A loaf of / a piece of bread
A cup of coffee
A slice / a piece of cake
A piece / sheet of paper
A bar of chocolate / soap
A piece / stick of chalk
A piece / strip of land
A bit / blade of grass
An item / A bit of business
A fit of passion
An attack of fever
e.g. I`ve got two pieces of good information.
Some nouns have a plural form and take a plural verb.
trousers - My trousers are too tight.
jeans - Her jeans are black.
glasses - Those glasses are his.
savings [ economii ], thanks, steps, stairs, customs [ vama; obiceiuri ], congratulations, tropics, wages, spectacles, outskirts [ periferie ], goods, wits
Choose the correct answer:
a) They are
b) It is
c) There are
b) are being
b) cups of coffee
c) cups of coffees
b) it is
c) pair of scissors
c) has been
c) pieces of information