countable nouns

countable nouns
also called count nouns, are nouns that form plurals, e.g. ship, crisis, fellow-traveller, kindness (= a kind act). They differ from uncountable (or non-count or uncount) nouns, which do not form plurals, e.g. adolescence, heating, richness, warfare; and from mass nouns, which form plurals only in the sense of ‘a type of…’ or ‘a quantity of…’, e.g. bread, medicine, wine. Some words are countable in one meaning and uncountable in another, e.g. ice, iron, paper.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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