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I recently had a lesson with a student who kept saying advices and that gave me the idea to write about some words which are uncountable in English.

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Let me introduce you to some of those words:

advice, equipment, information, knowledge, money, news, research, stuff, time, work

  • With these words, we don’t use a/an when talking about 1 thing.

Where did you find this stuff?

She bought new equipment for diving underwater.

We’ll send you the money when we get back to the office.

Knowledge is hard to get.

  • And, when we want to talk about more than 1 thing, we can use words like some, a bit of, a lot of and much.

I need some advice about traveling around Spain.

With a bit of money, he agreed to make the changes we needed.

I can’t come with you. I have a lot of work to do this Friday.

I don’t have much time so listen to me!

Let’s practice these words by completing a short story.

Now, see if you can find which sentences are wrong below.

The words time and work can also be countable, but they have a different meaning:

He tried to apply to university 4 times. (= 4 tries to become a student)

You can find the works of Michelangelo at our museum. (= creations: paintings, sculptures, music)

How many times have you given people some advice and did they often listen to you? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

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