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Unit 62. a car / some money (countable / uncountable 2)
(исчисляемые и неисчисляемые существительные 2)

See Unit 61 a car / some money (countable / uncountable 1)

a/an and some

a/an + singular countable nouns (car/apple/shoe etc.):
- I need a new car.
- Would you like an apple?
 
some + plural countable nouns (cars/apples/shoes etc.):
- I need some new shoes.
- Would you like some apples?
(= two or more apples)
 
some + uncountable nouns (water/money/music etc.):
- I need some money.
- Would you like some cheese?
(or Would you like a piece of cheese?)
 
Compare a/an and some:
- She bought a hat, some shoes and some perfume.
- I read a newspaper, wrote some letters and listened to some music.
a/an and some

Many nouns are sometimes countable and sometimes uncountable.

For example:

many nouns are sometimes countable and sometimes uncountable

Be careful with these words - they are usually uncountable in English:

bread weather information advice hair furniture paper news

- I'm going to buy some bread (or a loaf of bread). (not 'a bread')
- It's nice weather today. (not 'It's a nice weather')
- I need some information about hotels in London.
- They have some very nice furniture in their house. (not 'furnitures')
- She's got long hair. (not 'long hairs')
- I want to make a list. Can you give me some paper (or a piece of paper / a sheet of paper)? (not 'a paper' - 'a paper' = a newspaper)
- I've just had some good news about my holiday. (not 'a good news')

See Unit 59 a/an

See Unit 70 some any

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