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uncountable noun

Nouns that cannot be divided or counted as individual elements or separate parts are called uncountable nouns (also known as mass nouns or non-count nouns). These can be tangible objects (such as substances or collective categories of things), or intangible or abstract things, such as concepts or ideas. Nouns that can be divided are called countable nouns, or simply count nouns.
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mass noun

n.
A noun, such as furniture, water, or honesty, that cannot be modified by the indefinite article, does not occur in the plural, and is often preceded by modifiers such as some or much or by a phrase containing a unit of measurement. Some nouns can function both as mass nouns (There are sixty boxes of tile in the warehouse) and as count nouns (We had to cut a tile in half to fit the end of the row). Also called noncount noun. See Usage Note at collective noun.

mass noun

n
(Linguistics) a noun that refers to an extended substance rather than to each of a set of isolable objects, as, for example, water as opposed to lake. In English when used indefinitely they are characteristically preceded by some rather than a or an; they do not have normal plural forms. Compare count noun

mass′ noun`


n.
a noun, as water, electricity, or happiness, that typically refers to an indefinitely divisible substance or an abstract notion and that in English cannot be used, in such a sense, with the indefinite article or in the plural. Compare count noun.
[1930–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mass noun - a noun that does not form pluralsmass noun - a noun that does not form plurals  
noun - a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
Translations
denombre incontablesustancia
ainesana
nom massif
niet-telbaar substantiefniet-telbaar zelfstandig naamwoord
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Dabrowska (1997: 10) mentioned contrast between specific instances of Polish singular v English plural nouns, such as "Polish fasola (a mass noun) and English beans [...]".
Perspective (mass noun): True understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion.
The mass noun with an attributive function in the predicate nominal also always remains singular, and here there is no agreement in number, e.g.
As noted both by Wagner (2005) and Hernandez (2011), gendered pronouns are not commonly applied to mass noun referents.
What we find here is that twice must be used in place of two times in the (a) sentences and also in the (b) sentences, involving as many as (for a countable noun such as kangaroos) or as much as (for a mass noun such as money).
Eall precedes a countable noun in (42) and a mass noun in (43):
Is "water" a count noun or a mass noun? systems like TEAM present the user with sample sentences:
Dog: a singular noun, although it needs an article or quantifier to show that, as in "A dog is barking" or "Some dog is barking." Dogs: a plural noun, as in "The dogs are barking." Dog: a mass noun, as when a person in a country where dogs are eaten might say, "Let's have dog for dinner tonight" (and be damned to eternity for that).
In addition, the suffix -chen can turn a mass noun into a count noun, thus functioning as a classifier (15b).
Consider firstly the other kind of structure in which less can occur, illustrated by (14a), with a mass noun: