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Communication is not a simple process. Once you've established internally what it is that you want to communicate, given the context and the particular situation, you need to answer two questions:
This is where we attempt to categorise the concepts used in everyday life into the categories below.
In traditional grammar the way we refer to objects (for this demonstration 'objects' will cover things, animals and people equally) is by the use of nouns and noun phrases. These, in turn, are concrete nouns and we shall see later the other type of nouns - the abstract nouns.
We split the concrete nouns into two further categories ~ count and mass:
These are the nouns that refer to one object in the singular and to more than one object in the plural. The simplest forms are:
Another way to express plurality with count nouns is to use group nouns.
Mass nouns are also called 'non-count' or 'uncountable' nouns, because they cannot be counted like in the example on the left. They are used to refer to substances:
You cannot count these as one butter, two butters; one milk, two milks or one smoke, two smokes - that would be bad English.
See below how to deal with mass nouns to express your meaning in plural.
Firstly, you need to understand and make the distinction between the different meanings of nouns that can be both count and mass. Take 'wood' for example: it can be
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The plural of mass nouns is sometimes formed by using new words and noun phrases.
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