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Classification of Nouns: Countable Noun

Countable Noun
is a noun (such as bean or ball) that has both a singular and plural form and can be used after a numeral, after words such as many or few, or after the indefinite article a or an.

Basically as what the noun is called-countable which means can be counted. So, all words that can be counted are classified as countable nouns.

To be able to identify these words, there are several things you need to consider. First, the number; Countable nouns should have both singular and plural forms. Second, it should be or is placed after or identified by a numeral. Third, countable nouns may also be found after words such as many and few if its indication is an indefinite quantity (that is more than one), or after the indefinite articles a or an.

Take a look at these examples:



*Take note that there are words which may seem confusing to classify. Example, leaf-leaves. The question that may arise here is that can you even count the leaves on a tree? Obviously no one would waste time counting them, but following the rule of countable nouns, leaf has a plural form which makes it countable. The same principle will apply the the word paper. Paper in a direct manner is non-countable, but if you are pertaining to a document then it becomes countable.

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Genders of Nouns: Neuter

Neuter

are words of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine.

The neuter gender indicate words that specify objects or general terminologies. In contrast with masculine and feminine, all words that name objects are all neuter in gender. In addition, not only objects are neuter but also words that points to either male or female, like words for the infant of an animal.

Take a look at this chart to see what I mean:

Let us see now compare all three genders. Take a look at this chart:
*Take note that neuter gender can either be male or female, or can neither be male nor female. If a term or word refers to a general kind, for example a horse, it is considered as a neuter, but when you point out to male horse you should refer to it as a stallion. Above this, all words without gender specification are all neuter.
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Genders of Nouns: Feminine

Feminine
are those having the qualities or appearance considered to be typical of women; connected with women.

The Feminine gender indicate words that specify the female gender. In contrast with masculine, all words that names the female individual are all feminine in gender.

Observe this chart for a quick grasp:

Looking at the previous chart of the masculine gender, we can now see the different names we call each gender. Observe this chart:

*Take note that feminine are used only for female gender species. Compare masculine with feminine for a more contrasting view. There are many words that separate the two genders but there is also a notion that discriminating words are to be avoided. Words like landlord and landlady, should be addressed as landowner or innkeeper.

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Numbers of Nouns: Plural

Plural

is a word of, relating to, or constituting a class of grammatical forms usually used to denote more than one or in some languages more than two.

Plural stands for many. If you are referring to several persons thing or events, then use the plural form of the noun. There are several ways in forming the plural form of nouns. Generally you add 's' after the word to form the plural, in other cases you add 'es', and still in others, you would totally change the word.

Here is a chart of the rules you can follow to change a noun to its plural form:

Let us take a look at the difference of singular and plural nouns:

*Take note that there are no rules stating when a word needs to be totaly changed to form its plural, you have to familiarize yourself with that word. In short, the more you read, the more words you encounter, the more you get to familiarize.

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