In English, nouns can be countable or uncountable. This can be a difficult concept for ESL students to grasp and it is important for English language learners to learn the difference.
To correctly use the plural form or to correctly use determiners like ‘some‘ and ‘any‘, students must know whether the noun is countable or uncountable. It is also important to know if a noun is countable or uncountable when using the quantifiers ‘much‘, ‘many‘, ‘few‘, and ‘a little‘.
Many English textbooks first introduce the concept of count and non-count nouns with food. So, we put together this list of countable and uncountable food to help English language students to memorize these nouns.
Countable Food List
Countable nouns, also known as count nouns, are nouns which can be counted. For example, one apple, two apples.
Countable nouns can have both singular and plural forms. The plural form is made by adding s (apples), es (sandwiches), or ies, (cherries)to the singular form.
Below is a list of common countable foods in English.
- hot dog
Uncountable Food List
Uncountable nouns, also known as non-count nouns, cannot be counted. For example, water, flour, rice, etc.
Uncountable nouns do not have a plural form and so you cannot add s to them.
Below is a list of common uncountable foods in English.
List Of Countable Foods With Pictures
cheery / cherries
strawberry / strawberries
List Of Uncountable Foods With Pictures
Materials To Teach Countable And Uncountable Food
1. Countable / Uncountable Food Flashcards
Download a set of 16 flashcards to use when teaching countable and uncountable nouns. These can be downloaded for FREE from our flashcard page.
2. Countable / Uncountable Food Board Games
Download 4 different types of printable board games to teach countable and uncountable nouns for FREE from our board games page.