mass noun

(redirected from Uncountable noun)
Also found in: Dictionary.
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • noun

Words related to mass noun

a noun that does not form plurals

Related Words

References in periodicals archive ?
It is used 7 times as a countable and 9 times as a uncountable noun.
In 5 cases it is clearly uncountable, in 1 clearly countable and in 5 cases it is used with the plural marker but behaves rather as a uncountable noun syntactically.
Entertainment occurs 25 times as a countable noun in the corpus, mostly with the plural marker, and only 3 times as an uncountable noun.
Evidence is used 5 times as a countable in the corpus and 4 times as a uncountable noun.
Information is used as a uncountable noun 7 times in the corpus as compared with 4 instances of the countable variant.
Mischief occurs 10 times as an uncountable noun and 2 times as countable in the corpus, which suggests a considerable dominance of the uncountable variant.
Uncountable nouns semantically refer to an undifferenciated mass, they have no number marking and always take singular verbs.
Other indicators of quantity used with uncountable nouns are the amount of and little, in the cases where countable nouns take the number of, several, few.
The category of uncountable nouns corresponds largely with the category of singularia tantum as employed by Graband (1965).
Denison (1998: 96), who studied the usage of countable and uncountable nouns in the nineteenth century, claims that some nouns seem to have been subject to a systematic process of change from uncountable to countable in the period.
Some uncountable nouns in the corpus are treated as countable with the meaning 'a variety of' or 'a kind of', 'an instance of', for example: