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Formulating the plural for mass nouns is rather complicated, but you can get it with a little bit of practice and mastering bits of new vocabulary to help you on the way.
As we mentioned in the example we used before, you cannot count these as one butter, two butters; one milk, two milks or one smoke, two smokes, etc. Because you cannot 'count' the quantity of a mass substance which can't be divided into separate objects, mass nouns are always in the singular.
Even if the 'substance' you refer to consists of separate things, e.g.
psychologically we think of these things as indivisible when we use a mass noun. Therefore, when we want to express the plural of these nouns we actually refer to the parts or divisions of the mass nouns. So it's the noun which adds the aspect of division that's counted:
Using mass nouns
Using unit nouns
i) Sometimes the word for a container can be used as a unit noun, as in 'a cup of tea', 'a bottle of wine', 'a glass of water', etc.
ii) As with part nouns, unit nouns are linked to the mass noun expressing the substance by using the preposition 'of', as seen in the examples above.
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