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1. Making Uncountable Nouns Countable:

We have already noted that uncountable nouns cannot be counted. However, uncountable nouns can be made countable through the use of partitives or units of measurement. For instance, while we cannot count oil, we can measure oil by using bottles, cans, or drums. Therefore, we can say a bottle of oil, a can of oil, a drum of oil.

Study carefully the following chart:

Uncountable Noun:Made Countable:
furniture    a piece of furniture
maizea bag of maize
breada loaf of bread
sugara cube of sugar
petrola litre of petrol
milka tin of milk
garria bag of garri
clotha piece of cloth
teaa cup of tea
coffeea cup of coffee
salta heap of salt
watera bucket of water
soapa tablet of soap
soupa pot of soup
blooda pint of blood
ricea bag of rice
kerosenea bottle of kerosene
inka drop of ink
meata chunk of meat
floura bag of flour

2.  Special Uncountable Nouns:

Some uncountable nouns appear to be plural in nature because their spellings end in ‘s’.

Examples include news, advice, Physics, Statistics, Economics, measles, and mumps.

Note, however, that these nouns are singular and are used with the singular verb.

Examples:

i. Today’s news is quite interesting

ii. Measles is killing many children

Class Activity:

List any five special uncountable nouns you know and use them in sentences.

Evaluation:

The following are uncountable nouns. Make them countable by using appropriate units of measurement.

1. glass   2. hair     3. cow dung    4. chemistry  5. information  6. advice   7. sand  8. time   9. land   10. money   11. wine 12. paper    13. food  14. rain  15. zinc   16.cement  17. gas 18. wood   19. knowledge   20. beer

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References:

1. Oral English Without Tears by I. Udoka
2. New Oxford Secondary  English Course for SS I by Ayo Banjo et al
3. Intensive English for SS I by Benson Oluikpe et al

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Countable and Uncountable Nouns

The following are uncountable nouns. Make them countable by using appropriate units of measurement.

1. glass   2. hair     3. cow dung    4. chemistry  5. information  6. advice   7. sand  8. time   9. land   10. money   11. wine 12. paper    13. food  14. rain  15. zinc   16.cement  17. gas 18. wood   19. knowledge   20. beer

Answers:

Making Uncountable Nouns Countable.

  1. a glass of water, wine
  2. a tuft/patch of hair
  3. a heap/pile of cow dung
  4. a lesson in chemistry
  5. a piece/item of information
  6. a piece of advice
  7. a grain/heap of sand
  8. a stream/watch/passage of time
  9. a piece/parcel/portion of land
  10. a bundle/stash of money
  11. a bottle, cup, glass of wine
  12. a piece of paper
  13. a plate, helping of food
  14. a drop of rain
  15. a bundle/sheet of zinc
  16. a bag of cement
  17. a litre of gas
  18. a piece of wood
  19. a piece/store/an item of knowledge
  20. a bottle/can/carton of beer
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