20 Commonly Misused Noncount Nouns

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.

Examples:

Accommodation

  • It is prudent to book all accommodation in advance. (not "accommodations")
  • Accommodation is a spacious two-bedroom apartment with its own sitting room.

Advice

  •  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.

  1. Chewing gum
  2. Equipment
  3. Furniture
  4. Homework
  5. Information
  6. Knowledge
  7. Luggage
  8. Money
  9. News
  10. Permission
  11. Poetry
  12. Progress
  13. Police
  14. Publicity
  15. Research
  16. Traffic
  17. Travel
  18. Vocabulary
  19. Work 
  20. Wheat
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