The English nouns studied in contrast with their Polish equivalents in the present text have been selected randomly from numerous nouns which are considered either collective mass nouns in subject literature, such as loaves of bread or tubs of butter, or collective count nouns
, such as flocks of sheep.
* Use the word number for the quantity of a count noun
, a quantity considered as several discrete items.
Regarding inanimate nouns, the system which Wagner describes for the traditional dialects of South-Western England is characterised by a count-mass distinction, where gendered pronouns are common only with reference to count nouns
. Masculine dominates this category.
b) Count nouns
which denote all the members in their class:
Use plenty of with count nouns
. "We have ample water and plenty of drinking glasses." Ample drinking glasses would be ones that were big enough.
The domain is the category of count nouns
, the frame is number (which may be further specified in a more elaborate language-specific analysis of the function of number selection in Spanish), and the closed set of members consists of two signs, established by the association of the expression distinction -[??] vs.
I.e., count nouns
are more natural than non-count nouns.
As explained earlier, the experiment also included a Neutral condition, in which the nonce words were presented without a referent in a grammatical context compatible with both mass and count nouns
. This condition was included in order to establish each participant's preference for -a or -u in the absence of any biasing factors.
generally refer to concrete things and can be counted: one car, two cars, three cars, or one banana, two bananas, three bananas.
So contrary to their claims, a classifier is not absolutely required to make count nouns
countable in Mandarin Chinese.
* Fewer is used with count nouns
(see few above): "There were fewer diners in the restaurant on Monday than on Thursday."