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Difference between COUNTABLE and UNCOUNTABLE Nouns

Teacher: "Is it possible to count bottles?" (counts on one hand). Student nods/says yes etc.

"Is it possible to count water?" (teacher starts to count on the other hand but finds to his horror that his fingers are super-glued together, he can't separate them however hard he tries!).

Student shakes head/says no etc.

Teacher (desperate) : "IT'S NOT POSSIBLE, IS IT??!!".

The teacher then repeats with other nouns eg. chair, house and cat / love, time and money (as appropriate).

Subsequently when the student makes a mistake with this type of noun, all the teacher has to do is raise his hand and start counting, thus establishing a prompt for the student to correct himself.

Tim Brook, Inlingua Napoli

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