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What is a count noun?

 

Definition
 

A count noun is a noun whose possible referents are thought of as separate entities.

 

It thus has the ability

 
 

It does not have the ability, however, to occur with a determiner such as much.

Discussion
 

Some nouns permit treatment as either count or mass nouns.

 
Example:

In English, salad may be treated as either a count or mass noun, as evidenced by the acceptability of the following expressions:

  • Many salads
  • Much salad
Examples (English)
 
  • The word farmer is an example of a count noun, as evidenced by the acceptability of the following expressions:

    • Farmer
    • Farmers
    • A farmer
    • Many farmers
    • Two farmers

    However, the expression much farmer is not acceptable.

  • Generic
      A count noun is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1985 79

     

    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 246

     

    Mish 1991 298


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