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countable noun

Countable nouns (also known as count nouns) are nouns that can be considered as individual, separable items, which means that we are able to count them with numbers—we can have one, two, five, 15, 100, and so on. We can also use them with the indefinite articles a and an (which signify a single person or thing) or with the plural form of the noun.
Countable nouns contrast with uncountable nouns (also known as non-count or mass nouns), which cannot be separated and counted as individual units or elements. Uncountable nouns cannot take an indefinite article, nor can they be made plural.
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count noun

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A common noun, such as frog, bicycle, or concept, that can form a plural or occur with an indefinite article, with numerals, or with such terms as many. It is often contrasted with mass noun. See Usage Note at collective noun.

count noun

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1. (Grammar) linguistics logic a noun that can be qualified by the indefinite article, and may be used in the plural, as telephone and thing but not airs and graces or bravery. Compare mass noun, sortal
2. (Logic) linguistics logic a noun that can be qualified by the indefinite article, and may be used in the plural, as telephone and thing but not airs and graces or bravery. Compare mass noun, sortal

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a noun, as apple, table, or birthday, that typically refers to a countable thing and that in English can be used in both the singular and the plural and can be preceded by the indefinite article a or an and by numerals. Compare mass noun.
[1950–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.count noun - a noun that forms plurals
noun - a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
Translations
nom dénombrable
telbaar substantieftelbaar zelfstandig naamwoord
substantivo contável
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According to the-predicativists, names are uniformly count nouns.
Countable nouns are presented as count nouns in subject literature, and uncountable nouns are viewed as mass nouns (see Jespersen 1924 for mass words), whose category membership "depends partly on the inherent properties of their referents and partly on cultural usage" (Koptjevskaja-Tamm 2004: 1069).
While students reported that they were able to use what they had learned in the grammar course, their teachers reported that those students were still making serious mistakes on subject verb agreement, count nouns, and sentence pattern production.
Few is used with count nouns, that is, with individual items.
As observed above, singular count nouns cannot normally appear alone as head of a noun phrase: You cannot have * Car turned left.
Nouns formed on the basis of such absolutive-incorporations in general are frequently count nouns, as with collections; but they may be non-count, as with non-event, concrete condensation, for instance.
neuter pronouns are traditionally only employed for mass nouns, while count nouns trigger masculine forms' (Wagner 2003, abstract: 1).
The indefinite article a can be used with singular count nouns and abstract (noncount) nouns, but not with plural count nouns and not usually with count nouns.
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The common nouns that apply to individual substances are count nouns, while those that apply to stuffs are non-count nouns (32).
In contrast, in Spanish, "the definite article goes with mass nouns and plural count nouns that are used with a general meaning" causing interference (Swan and Smith, p.
The number of sortal NCLs in Kam lies around 50-60 with the ability of categorizing virtually all count nouns.