Things We Don’t Count
No -s (non-count) Count (-s okay)
|We don’t count . . .||But we do count . . .|
|furniture||tables, chairs, beds, sofas|
|jewelry||bracelets, necklaces, rings|
|money||dollars, cents, bills|
|time*||hours, minutes, days, years|
|luggage, baggage||suitcases, bags, briefcases|
|vocabulary||words, phrases, expressions|
|slang||idioms, sayings, terms|
|clothing (clothes**)||shirts, dresses, shoes, socks|
|information||facts, details, examples|
|news||stories, items, articles|
|letters, packages, post cards|
|advice||tips, ideas, suggestions|
|silverware||forks, knives, spoons|
|software||programs, CDs, disks|
|music||songs, concerts, operas|
|literature||novels, poems, books|
|research||articles, studies, (research) papers|
|fruit***||apples, bananas, cherries|
*You can count time when referring to events or instances.
How many times have you played racquetball?
I have played three times.
**Clothes is plural, but we never use it in the singular.
Don’t say: One clothe X
***Fruit as a category is usually non-count.
Vegetables are good for you. Fruit is good for you.