Nouns can be countable or uncountable. Uncountable nouns are things we cannot count.
water, blood, music, excitement
We cannot place a number before them. They cannot be converted to plurals.
You cannot say 'musics', or 'waters', or 'excitements'.
Usage of Uncountable Nouns.
Before uncountable nouns, you can use the/some/any/much/this/his etc.
For example: the music, some gold, his blood.
But you cannot use a/an before an uncountable noun. You cannot say 'a music', or 'an excitement', or 'a water'.
You can also use uncountable nouns alone, with no article.
1. Blood is red.
2. Captain America's shield is made of steel.
Countable as well as Uncountable.
Many nouns can be used as countable, or as uncountable nouns. Usually there is a difference in meaning.
1. I bought a paper. ( = a newspaper. countable)
I bought some paper. ( = material for writing. uncountable)
1. There's a hair in my soup. ( = a single hair. countable)
She has beautiful hair. ( = hair on the head. uncountable)
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