Uncountable nouns

There is a large group of nouns in English, which cannot be counted. For example, we can say luggage, but not one luggage, two luggages, three luggages. That is why we call them uncountable nouns.

The following is true for them:
- They have no plural form (informationS porkS, furnitureS),
- There is no “a” or “an” in front of them (a pasta, a cheese, an advice),
- The verb in front of them is in the singular, like with he/she/it (My luggage IS heavy; The ice-cream TASTES nice.)

Words belonging to one of the following groups tend to be uncountable:
1. –°ollective (the elements it comprises of are normally countable): luggage (but "suitcases"), furniture (but "chairs, tables"), machinery (but "machines"), food, cash, underwear, mail, equipment, garbage, litter, rubbish;
2. Things that do not have their own shape:
- liquids and gases: fuel, oil, petrol, lava, wine, water, blood, rum, whiskey, beer, coffee, tea, alcohol, juice, honey,  milk, soup, oxygen, gas, nitrogen, carbon, methane, hydrogen;
- types of meat (but not animals!): bacon, chicken, lamb, beef, pork, veal, meat, fish;
- which contain small particles: flour, soil, coffee, sugar, sand, salt, dust, rice;
- which were shaped: bread, butter, ice, ice cream, pasta, spaghetti, cheese, mayonnaise, jam, soap;
2. –źbstract: advice, help, fun, recreation, enjoyment, information, knowledge, news, patience, happiness, progress, confidence, courage, education, intelligence, space, energy, laughter, peace, pride
3. Natural materials: wool, cotton, leather, glass, paper, wood, timber, iron, gold, marble, zinc;
4. Subjects and scientific fields: advertising, archaeology, architecture, arithmetic, art, biology, chemistry, commerce, economics, education, engineering, entertainment, physics, ethics, mathematics, music, photography, grammar,  history, politics, sociology, psychology, vocabulary, poetry, zoology, management, literature, ethics;
5. Sports and activities: athletics, baseball, basketball, bridge, chess, cooking, cricket, dancing,  driving, football, golf, hockey, judo, listening, tennis, soccer, rugby, poker, swimming, walking, jogging, reading, writing, speaking, sleeping, studying, working, yoga, gymnastics, karate, shopping;
6. Languages: English, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Hebrew, Chinese

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