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Countable and uncountable nouns

1. Did you have a good holiday? What was your __________ like?
a) accommodations
b) hotels
c) accommodation
d) all of the above

2. Did you have __________ on your wedding day?


a) good weather
b) a good weather
c) good weathers
d) a good weathers

3. What kind of __________ do you like?


a) a music
b) musics
c) music
d) none of the above

4. I've got __________ to tell you. I've got a new job!


a) some good newes
b) a good news
c) some good news
d) all of the above

5. Waiter! __________ in my soup. I can't eat it. Take it back to the kitchen at once!
a) There are some hairs
b) There's a hair
c) There's some hair
d) all of the above

6. Even though I had only one small __________, the porter insisted on helping me with it.
He said it was his job to help hotel guests with their __________.
a) suitcase / luggage
b) suitcases / luggages
c) suitcases / luggage
d) suitcase / luggages

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ANSWERS:

1. Did you have a good holiday? What was your __________ like?
a) accommodations – The correct answer is an uncountable noun.
b) hotels – 'Hotels' is a plural countable noun which doesn't match with the singular 'was' in
the question. You need an uncountable noun here from the options available.
c) accommodation – This is the correct answer. 'Accommodation' is uncountable.
d) all of the above – Only one of these options is correct. Try again.

2. Did you have __________ on your wedding day?


a) good weather – This is the correct answer. 'Weather' is uncountable.
b) a good weather – 'Weather' is an uncountable noun. We don't say 'a good weather'. Try
again.
c) good weathers – 'Weather' is an uncountable noun. The correct answer is an uncountable
noun.
d) a good weathers – 'Weather' is an uncountable noun. We don't say 'a good weathers'. Try
again.

3. What kind of __________ do you like?


a) a music – 'Music' is an uncountable noun. We don't say 'a music'.
b) musics – This word doesn't exist in English. The correct answer is an uncountable noun.
Try again.
c) music – This is the correct answer. 'Music' is uncountable.
d) none of the above – One of these options is correct. Try again.

4. I've got __________ to tell you. I've got a new job!


a) some good newses – The word 'newses' doesn't exist in English. The correct answer has
an uncountable noun in it.
b) a good news – 'News' is an uncountable noun. We don't say 'a news'. Try again.
c) some good news – This is the correct answer. 'News' is uncountable.
d) all of the above – Only one of these answers is correct.

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5. Waiter! __________ in my soup. I can't eat it. Take it back to the kitchen at once!
a) There are some hairs – 'Hair' is a countable and uncountable noun. So this option is correct.
However, there are other options here which are also correct. Try again.
b) There's a hair – 'Hair' is a countable and uncountable noun. So this option is correct.
However, there are other options here which are also correct. Try again.
c) There's some hair – 'Hair' is a countable and uncountable noun. So this option is correct.
However, there are other options here which are also correct. Try again.
d) all of the above – 'Hair' can be both a countable and uncountable noun, so each of
these options is correct. Well done!

6. Even though I had only one small __________, the porter insisted on helping me with it.
He said it was his job to help hotel guests with their __________.
a) suitcase / luggage – The first answer is countable and the second one is uncountable.
Well done!
b) suitcases / luggages – Neither of these answers is correct. Try again.
c) suitcases / luggage – The second answer is correct but the first one isn't.
d) suitcase / luggages – The first answer is correct but the second one isn't.

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