Common Uncountable Nouns: Word List

Did you just say “a kilo of sugars”? Are you the one to get confused when you are asked the plural form...

Indulekha Prabha Written by Indulekha Prabha · 1 min read >

Did you just say “a kilo of sugars”? Are you the one to get confused when you are asked the plural form of “advice”? Then this article is just for you.

One of the key grammar concepts that act as a stumbling block for most IELTS students is the idea of countable and uncountable noun. Let us find out more about them.

What is Uncountable Noun?

You know what a noun is and what it does. But an uncountable noun is a word that:

  • Doesn’t have a plural form. (e.g. Information).
  • Always denotes things in plural. (e.g. Pants).
  • Cannot be quantified by a number.
  • Will never have the articles ‘a’ or ‘an’ before them.

For example: Mum told me to buy some rice. In no version of reality will you ever find ‘rices’ as a plural form of ‘rice’. Words like Rice, Water, Sugar do not need an extra‘s’ to denote plurality, because they cannot be counted.

Countable Nouns on the other hand, are all those words that have plural forms, thus can be counted. Like Mangoes, Apples, Carrots etc.

Types of Uncountable Nouns

Most uncountable nouns indicate the following:

  • Liquids (milk, water etc.)
  • Abstract ideas (advice, chaos, motivation.)
  • Grains and powder (rice, wheat, sand etc.)
  • Mass nouns (furniture, hair, transportation.)
  • Natural phenomena (sunshine, snow, rain, weather.)
  • States of being (childhood, stress, sleep.)
  • Feelings (anger, happiness, enthusiasm, courage.)
  • Gas (air, oxygen etc.)

Pronouns and Questioning Adverbs used for Uncountable Nouns

Pronouns and questioning adverbs are crucial in writing because you need to pair them with the correct form of noun. They greatly depend on whether the noun is singular or plural. In case of uncountable nouns here is how you should use them:

  • Uncountable Nouns- How much?/This/a lot of/not much.
  • Countable Nouns- How many?/These/Many/not many.

In order to express a measure of uncountable noun we use words like:

For clothing: A piece of clothing

For information: A piece of information/some information

For water: A glass of water/a gallon of water.

List of Uncountable Nouns

Here is an exhaustive list of uncountable nouns that will definitely come handy:

Starts with “A”Starts with “B”Starts with “C”
AdviceBeautyCake
AggressionBeefCash
AssistanceBraveryChaos
AttentionBusinessClothing
AccommodationBloodConfidence
AdvertisingBotanyCompassion
AirBaconCalm
AthleticsBaggageCorruption
AccessBalletCourage
AdulthoodButterComprehension
AlcoholBiologyCheese
ApplauseBeerCurrency
AgricultureBreadCarbon
AtmosphereBehaviourCardboard
AngerChalk
ArtChess
AbsenceCoal
AidCommerce
ArithmeticConfusion
AgeCookery
Starts with “D”Starts with “E”Starts with “F”
DangerEducationFailure
DataEconomicsFire
DancingEquipmentFiction
DemocracyEarthFashion
DamageExpenseForgiveness
DarknessEnergyFaith
DeterminationElectricityFlour
DelightEnthusiasmFlu
DepressionEnvironmentFear
DrivingEnjoymentFun
DignityEnergyFame
DessertEnvyFreedom
DesignEvilFood
DustEngineeringFinance
DistributionEntertainmentFruit
DirtEvolutionFuel
DutyExistenceFriendship
EthicsFurniture
EvidenceFlesh
Employment
Starts with “G”Starts with “H”Starts with “I”
GasolineHarmIce
GeneticsHairImagination
GarbageHardwareInformation
GrowthHydrogenIndependence
GriefHelpInfrastructure
GrammarHappinessIce cream
GarlicHealthImportance
GossipHateIntelligence
GoldHopeIndustry
GymnasticsHospitalityIrony
GlassHomeworkInjustice
GrassHeatInnocence
GolfHatredIron
GratitudeHungerInsurance
GroundHoneyInflation
GuiltHumour
Honesty
Height
Housework
History
Starts with “J”Starts with “K”Starts with “L”
JudoKindnessLaughter
JealousyKnowledgeLabour
JamKarateLava
JeweleryLivestock
JoyLuggage
JuiceLightning
JusticeLand
Leather
Linguistics
Light
Loneliness
Lack
Litter
Luck
Love
Leisure
Logic
Literature
Starts with “M”Starts with “N”Starts with “O”
MachineryNatureObedience
MailNitrogenObesity
MankindNutritionOxygen
MarriageNoiseOil
MoneyNews
MagicNonsense
MarbleNurture
Mercy
Music
Meat
Management
Mathematics
Moonlight
Methane
Milk
Metal
Mayonnaise
Mud
Mist
Motivation
Starts with “P”Starts with “Q”Starts with “R”
PaperQuartzReliability
PassionQualityRum
PoetryQuantityRecreation
ParkingReality
PressureRubbish
PerfumeRevenge
PhysicsRacism
PsychologyRice
PeelRelief
PepperRespect
PatienceRain
PermissionRelaxation
PeaceResearch
PhilosophyReligion
Plastic
Progress
Production
Pollution
Pleasure
Pork
Starts with “S”Starts with “T”Starts with “U”
SaltTeaUnderstanding
SafetyToleranceUsage
SaladThirstUnderwear
ScaffoldingTechnologyUnemployment
SoilTrousersUnity
SatisfactionTennis
SandTrade
SatireTimber
SecurityTurbulence
SorrowToothpaste
SeafoodTime
SpeedTraffic
SceneryTravel
SewingToast
StrengthThunder
SpaceTransportation
SoftwareTrust
SeasideTrouble
StreamTemperature
Stupidity
Starts with “V”Starts with “W”Starts with “Y”Starts with “Z”
ViolenceWarmthYogaZoology
VealWeightYouthZinc
ValidityWhiskeyYeast
VitalityWeather
VinegarWildlife
VisionWater
VegetationWelfare
VegetarianismWine
VengeanceWisdom
Wood
Wealth
Wheat
Wool
Width
Work

Conclusion

IELTS test on how well you are aware of the grammatical nuances rather than just knowing grammar. They also focus more on the parts that are regularly used in speaking and writing.

 The concept of countable and uncountable is one such aspect of grammar. Therefore, it is very important that you have a clear understanding of the two and use them correctly in your speaking and writing.

Written by Indulekha Prabha
My name is Indulekha Prabha. I am an English teacher and a content writer by profession. When I'm not working you can find me writing fiction, reading poetry and painting. Profile

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