mass noun

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mass noun (plural mass nouns)

  1. A noun that normally cannot be counted.
    Synonyms: material noun, non-count noun, uncountable noun
    Antonyms: countable noun, count noun

Usage notes[edit]

  • In English, mass nouns, such as information and money, may have no plural form (for example, *informations is invalid in most varieties of English), and they are not used with the indefinite article or numbers in almost all of their senses.
  • Many mass nouns, such as whisky, can also be count nouns when they refer to a varietal (“Scotch and Canadian whiskies”) or to denote a serving (“please bring us two whiskies”).
  • Conversely many countable nouns can also be used as mass nouns.


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