Definition of mass noun in English:

mass noun

Syllabification: mass noun

noun

Grammar
  • 1A noun denoting something that cannot be counted (e.g., a substance or quality), in English usually a noun that lacks a plural in ordinary usage and is not used with the indefinite article, e.g., luggage, china, happiness. Contrasted with count noun.
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    • When used in a generic sense, only mass nouns and plural count nouns are able to occur without a determiner or quantifier: Water is colourless, Groceries are expensive, Dogs make good companions, * Dog makes a good companion.
    • At the same time, their language does have a distinction between count and mass nouns, so that there is the equivalent of the English difference between " { many / * much foreigners } " and " { * many/much manioc meal’.
    • For example, Mandarin's usage of mass nouns predisposes its discourse to take a more holistic approach to the world than say, English, which demarcates objects more readily.
  • 2A noun denoting something that normally cannot be counted but that may be countable when it refers to different units or types, e.g., coffee, bread (drank some coffee, ordered two coffees; ate some bread, several different breads).
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    • In the last chapter I largely overlooked the conceptual differences between count and mass nouns.

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