Unit 15: Countables and Uncountables, some/any (quantities)


Nouns can be either countable or uncountable. We cannot make plurals with uncountable nouns. We use
‘some’ before plurals and uncountable nouns.

Countable
Chairs, tables, sofas
Euros, dollars, pounds
Jobs, professions
Clouds, temperatures, winds
Loaves, baguettes
Articles, reports, stories

Uncountable
furniture
money
work
weather
bread
news

An apple, an orange, a banana, a pear= Some fruit

A dollar Some money

some/any

Siobhan has some money Yann doesn’t have any money

We usually use some in positive sentences, and any in negative sentences and questions.
John: I have some friends in Chicago
Ian: Really, do you have any friends in Chicago, Sean?
Sean: I haven’t got any friends, anywhere.

It is different when we offer something:
Would you like some tea?

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