Words Not Count

Things We Don’t Count


 



We don’t count . . .


furniture
clothing (clothes)
money
time*
luggage, baggage
vocabulary
slang
equipment
jewelry
information
news
mail
advice
silverware
software
music
homework
research
fruit**


But we do count . . .

tables, chairs, beds, sofas
shirts, dresses, shoes, socks
dollars, cents, bills
hours, minutes, days, years
suitcases, bags, briefcases
words, phrases, expressions
idioms, sayings, terms
machines, tools
bracelets, necklaces, rings
facts, details, examples
stories, items, articles
letters, packages, post cards
tips, ideas, suggestions
forks, knives, spoons
programs, CDs, disks
songs, concerts, operas
assignments, projects
articles, studies, (research) papers
apples, bananas, cherries

*You can count time when referring to events or instances.

For example,

How many times have you played racquetball?

I have played three times.

**Fruit as a category is usually non-count.


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