20 Commonly Misused Noncount Nouns
Posted by Issa and Published on Aug 28, 2012
Noncount nouns are always singular; hence, we never make them plural by adding -s or -es. We also use singular verbs after them. At times, we add quantifying words (partitives) before noncount nouns, however, numbers (three, five, four,etc.) and an indefinite article (a/an) cannot precede them.
- It is prudent to book all accommodation in advance. (not "accommodations")
- Accommodation is a spacious two-bedroom apartment with its own sitting room.
- My best friend gave me the advice "Relax and Write." (never "advices")
- If your life is stressful and chaotic, I have plenty of advice for you.
Check out this list of nettlesome noncount nouns. In general, these noncount nouns are not preceded by articles. They also rarely end in -s or -es. Meanwhile, like most grammar rules, a few exemptions may apply.
- Chewing gum