Grammar: Uncountable Nouns Often Used Wrongly

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Accommodation, advice, feedback, clothing, equipment, information, luggage, news, progress and software are uncountable nouns often usedwrongly. These words are not used in the plural form and are not used with indefinite article (a, an) and a number.

Accommodation (accommodations in American English)


Definition: a place provided for someone to live, stay or work in

✓ We are looking for overnight accommodation for a couple.
 We are looking for an overnight accommodation for a couple.
✓ Accommodation in this city is cheap
✗ Accommodations in this city are cheap

Advice


Definition: an opinion on how to do something appropriately 

✓ The dietitian gave me a lot of advice on healthy eating.
✗ The dietitian gave me a lot of advices …
✓ Can I offer you advice on which car to buy?
✗ Can I offer you an advice on …?

We use a piece of/a word of to make advice countable

Uncountable
Countable
advice
a piece of advice
two pieces of advice

Difference between advice and advise


Advice (with c)
noun
The consultant gave me professional advice.
Advise (with s)
verb
I strongly advise you to change your hairstyle.

Feedback


Definitions: constructive [=useful and helpful] criticism, advice or comments that are used to improve the product, performance or situation.

✓ There is a lot of feedback about the new website.
✗ There are a lot of feedbacks about 
✓ I got positive feedback from my boss.
✗ I got a positive feedback  from …

Furniture


Definitions: objects typically made of wood, that are used in a room for sleeping, sitting or storing dishes, food or clothes

✓ We decided to buy some new furniture for the living room.
✗ We decided a new furniture
✗ We decided some new furnitures…

We use a piece of/an item of to make furniture countable

Uncountable
Countable
furniture
a piece of furniture
two pieces of furniture

Clothing


Definition: things that you wear on your body

✓ You must wear protective clothing.
✗ You must wear a protective clothing.
✓ She will buy two items of clothing.
 She will buy two clothings.

We use a piece of/an item of/an article of to make clothing countable

Uncountable
Countable
clothing
a piece of clothing
two pieces of clothing


Equipment


Definition: all the necessary things for a specific [particular] purpose or activity

✓ We have to buy new kitchen equipment for the restaurant
✗ We have to buy new kitchen equipments…
✗ We have to buy a new kitchen equipment …

We use a piece of to make equipment countable

Uncountable
Countable
equipment
a piece of equipment
two pieces of equipment

Information


Definition: facts that are received or known about something

✓ This diary gives a lot of information about my childhood.
✗ This diary gives a lot of informations
✓ I found a piece of information about my hometown on this website.
✗ I found an information

We use a piece of/a bit of to make information countable

Uncountable
Countable
information
a piece of information
two pieces of information

Luggage


Definition: bags and cases that are carried by someone who is travelling

✓ Where can I leave my luggage at the station?
✗ Where can I leave my luggages…?
✓ You can put a piece of luggage on the rack
✗ You can put a luggage

We use a piece of/an item of to make luggage countable

Uncountable
Countable
luggage
a piece of luggage
two pieces of luggage

News


Definition: new, important or unusual information about events

✓ The good news is that my wife’s expecting a baby.
✗ The good news are that…
✓ I have some good news for my family.
✗ I have a good news…

We use a piece of/an item of to make news countable

Uncountable
Countable
news
a piece of news
two pieces of news

Progress


Definition: the process of improving (or developing) something gradually

✓ I think he’s making great progress in English.
✗ I think he’s making a great progress
✓ The government has made a lot of progress in stimulating the economy.
✗ The government has made a lot of progresses

Software


Definition: computer programs

✓ I want to buy antivirus software.
✗ I want to buy an antivirus software.
✓ What is the essential software for PC?
✗ What are the essential softwares…?

We use a piece of to make software countable

Uncountable
Countable
software
a piece of software
two pieces of software

Source: VocabularyPage.com







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