Count noun and mass noun

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A count noun is a noun that can be pluralized and combined with cardinal numerals and that generally denotes an individuatable object, while a mass noun is a noun that generally denotes an amorphous mass and that cannot be combined with numerals or pluralized.


See the discussion in Jespersen (1924:198).



Jespersen, Otto. 1924. The philosophy of grammar. London: Allen & Unwin.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics