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Unformatted text preview: ns in their singular and plural forms: Alumnus Bacterium Criterion Formula Medium Phenomenon Alumni Bacteria Criteria Formulae Media Phenomena There are some singular nouns often mistaken as plural nouns because they end with “s”. c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Grammar Review 2 Citrus Economics Glasses Means Measles News Physics Scissors Series Species Statistics 1.1.3 Countable and Uncountable Nouns Another way to group nouns is separating them into countable nouns and non-countable nouns. Countable nouns usually have both singular and plural forms. Uncountable nouns are used just as singular. • Countable nouns can be counted in the number of 1, 2, 3. . . . Examples are desk, pen, person. • Uncountable nouns can not be counted in any numbers. Rather, they are considered an entire item. Some most commonly used uncountable nouns are water, health, and money. Other examples of uncountable nouns include: Advice Anger Baggage Beauty Gasoline Information Luggage Smog Wheat Sometimes a noun is used as an uncountable noun when it is referred to the entire idea or substance, but it can be used as a countable noun when used in a context involving: c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Grammar Review ⇒ 3 Countable pieces or containers for things. Uncountable: I prefer tea to coke. Countable: Two teas (two cups of tea) for us, please. ⇒ Different brands, makes, or types. Uncountable: I love cheese. Countable: There are so many cheeses to choose from. ⇒ A specific example. Uncountable: She has shiny hair. Countable: I found a hair today in my sandwich. It grossed me out. Uncountable: He is great at sport. Countable: Skiing is a popular sport in Austria. 1.1.4 Collective Nouns Certain nouns are used to just describe a collection of people, items, or events in their entirety. Even though they are referring to more than one thing in the collection, they are singular. However, when they are used to represent a number of collections, then they are plural. Examples include: Audience Business Choir Committee Company Crowd Family Flock Government Group Majority Nation Pack Team The Public Unit c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Grammar Review 1.2 1.2.1 4 Pronoun Pronoun Types A pronoun is a part of speech that is typically used as a substitute for a noun or noun phrase. There are eight subclasses of pronouns, although some forms belong to more than one group: (1) personal pronouns (I, you, he/she/it, we, you, they) • Make sure sentences use them consistently (2) possessive pronouns (my/mine, his/her/its/hers, their/theirs, our/ours, etc.) • Do not change the gender of noun as in French (3) reflexive pronouns (myself, yourself, him/herself, ourselves, themselves, etc.) • No reflexive verbs in English (4) demonstrative pronouns (this/these, that/those) • Nearness in location • That (pronoun) vs....
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