In this lesson, you will hear a conversation at the airport check in between a Clerk and a Passenger. Then you will learn about the difference between uncountable nouns and countable nouns. How to use countable nouns and uncountable nouns in everyday English conversation. Finally, you will do the exercise to understand the lesson.
|Clerk||Are you travelling to Dubai?|
|Passenger||Yes, I am.|
|Clerk||Can I see your ticket and passport, please?|
|Passenger||Here you are.|
|Clerk||Thank you. How many bags are you checking in?|
|Clerk||Did you pack the bags yourself?|
|Passenger||Yes, I did.|
|Clerk||Has anyone given you anything to carry?|
|Passenger||No, they haven’t.|
|Clerk||Can I see your hand luggage, please?|
|Passenger||Yes, here it is.|
|Clerk||Thank you. That’s fine. Now would you like a window seat or an aisle seat?|
|Passenger||An aisle seat, please.|
|Clerk||Here’s your boarding card. Boarding is at 8:15 from gate number 12. Have a nice flight.|
|Passenger||Thank you. Goodbye.|
the act of going from one place to another
A paper slip or card indicating that its holder has paid for a specified service, such as travelling on a bus, train, airplane or entering a place.
An official document issued by a government identifying a citizen, certifying his or her nationality
check in (v)
hand luggage (n)
luggage that is light enough to be carried by hand
window seat (n)
A seat next to a window, on a bus or airplane
aisle seat (n)
the seat in the middle of the airplane
boarding card (n)
a pass that allows you to board a ship or plane
the act of passengers getting aboard a ship or aircraft
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Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Some nouns in English are countable or uncountable. We can use countable nouns in singular form and plural form, meanwhile the uncountable nouns are only i singular form.
I’ve got some pencils and a notebook. And I also have two rulers, an eraser and some ink. I drink some water and start doing my homework.
In the above example, we have some countable and uncountable nouns. What are they?
|some pencils||some ink|
|a notebook||some water|
|two rulers||home work|
A noise or noise?
The uncountable noun is more general and countable noun is more specific.
|We heard a strange noise. (a particular noise)||Traffic noise is very annoying. (noise in general)|
|This museum has a very expensive painting.||My sister likes painting very much.|
|Michael Jackson has an excited life||Life is always very beautiful.|
|Football is a sport.||Do you like sport?|
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How to know if a noun is countable or uncountable
Some nouns in English can be both countable or uncountable and they sometimes have different meanings.
- He has a box of chocolates. (manu individual chocolates)
- He eats some chocolate before the run. (a piece of chocolate from a bar)
- Would you like some cake? (a piece of cake)
- I made a cake this afternoon. (the whole cake)
- I turned all the lights on. (the lights = the light bulbs)
- I like to sit by the window where there’s more light. (light = bright)
A tea or tea?
Drink is usually uncountable.
- Tea is cheaper than coffee.
But when we talk about the drink, we often say a tea or a cup of tea.
- Four teas, please (= four cups of teas)
- Do you want a cup of tea?
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Uncountable noun to use as countable noun
When we are talking about a particular kind or about different kinds of something, we will use the uncountable noun as a countable noun
- Heineken is a Dannish beer (= a kind of Danish beer)
- The use of papers has become more and more wasted. (= the use of different kinds of papers)
- Correct answer: Would you like an orange?
- Correct answer: I need some lemons.
- Correct answer: Chickens have two legs
- Correct answer: Have some cheese on your bread
- Correct answer: I have some apples from the shop.
- Correct answer: I love beer!
- Correct answer: She's got some new trousers
- Correct answer: Would you like a tea?