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count noun Line breaks: count noun
(also countable noun)

Definition of count noun in English:


A noun that can form a plural and, in the singular, can be used with the indefinite article (e.g. books, a book). Contrasted with mass noun.
Example sentences
  • It's been a long time since I even noticed uses of troop as a count noun meaning ‘soldier’.
  • For fear of this, they want to forestall the conversion of certain proper noun trademarks into common count nouns.
  • This is borne out by our ways of describing them, using always count nouns rather than mass nouns.

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