By now, we have come across multiple types of nouns and pronouns in our everyday language. You might also vaguely remember a lesson about count nouns from your High school English class. All these types of nouns are very common in our daily life and we speak and write about them without realizing what they are categorized as.
A count noun is a noun i.e. a name, place or thing that is countable. In simpler words, a noun which can be counted in terms of numbers is referred to as a count noun. Any noun that can exist in plural form is called a count noun.
Quite simple don’t you think?
Now consider this example
In this example, the noun plants has a number before it which is another characteristic of a count noun. Any noun which can be preceded in a sentence by a number to show its plural form is a count noun. Thus plants is a count noun in this example.
Are all the nouns count nouns?
The music played loudly.
Consider the above example and you will see that the sentence has only one noun i.e. music. Now the question is, can you count music? The obvious answer is no. The music cannot be counted in term of numbers and neither can we add a number before it to show its plural form. Three musics? Nope. Thus air is a non-count noun.
Time to test yourself.
Player is a count noun as it can be made plural by adding a number before it or an s afterwards. Angry and weather are non-count nouns as they cannot be made plural and cannot be counted in terms of numbers.