ENGLISH HOMEWORK #34 | Aprenda inglês com Diana Ross | Érika e Newton – Inglês por Skype

This week we have a very good song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross! Enjoy the English Activities of this week and remember to study every day!

West Germany  The Supremes 1968
The Supremes with Diana Ross, front, Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson sing and dance during their performance at the anual “Bal pare” party in Munich, West Germany, January 21, 1968. The U.S. American singing trio was backed by the West German Rolf Hans Mueller big band and were celebrated with thundring applause. (AP Photo/Frings)


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Understanding Noncount Nouns

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Today we are going to talk about the difference between count and noncount nouns.

Most nouns in English can be counted. Think of the noun shirt, as in, “I bought a shirt.” If you have more than one shirt, you just add “s” to make it plural.

“I bought 10 shirts.”

But a shirt is part of a larger category: clothing. You can say “I bought three shirts” but you cannot say, “I bought three clothings.” Clothing is a noncount noun. You cannot use a, an, or a number before a noncount noun.

Grammatically, a noncount noun is always singular, even if it refers to multiple items like furniture, luggage, or equipment.

A count noun in your native language might be a noncount noun in English. For example, the Spanish translation for homework (tarea) is a count noun. But homework is a noncount noun in English. It would sound strange to say, “I had three homeworks.” You could say, “I had a lot of homework.”

You can also could say, “I had three homework assignments.” In this example, homework is used as an adjective. It describes assignment. You can count assignments, but you cannot count homework.

There is no perfect rule to determine if a noun is count or noncount. Fortunately, most noncount nouns fall into a few categories.

Groups of similar things

Noncount nouns often refer to groups of similar objects. Furniture, for example, is a noncount noun. Furniture is a collection of similar countable items like chairs, sofas, tables, shelves, beds and so on.

Luggage is also a noncount noun. You can count bags, packages, and backpacks, but you cannot count luggage. Other noncount nouns that refer to groups of similar things include equipment, food, garbage, mail, money and vocabulary.


Abstract words are noncount. These are words that refer to ideas or qualities instead of physical objects or events. Abstractions are usually things that you cannot see: They only exist in the mind. For example: love, hate, information, news, peace, music and art. There are tens of thousands of abstract words.

Other types of noncount nouns

It is logical that particles — things that come in very small pieces — are noncount nouns. It would be difficult to count rice, corn, salt, sugar and dust.

The names of academic fields of study are noncount. Even though physics, economics, and mathematics all end with an s, they are singular noncount nouns. For example, “Physics is difficult.”

Words related to nature and weather are often noncount, such as rain, wind, snow, lightning, fire and air.

Words with count and noncount meaning

A few words can be used as count and noncount nouns. But the meaning changes a little bit. Let’s look at the word glass. As a noncount noun, glass refers to the clear material used to make windows. For example, “The lamp was made of glass.”

As a count noun, glass refers to a drinking container made of glass, as in “Could you bring me a glass of water?”

The plural glasses has two meanings. It could refer to more than one drinking container. “Please wash the glasses.”

Glasses could also refer to spectacles, a pair of lenses used to correct vision. “I have been wearing glasses since I was a teenager.”

Coffee, along with other drinks, has a count and noncount meaning. “Coffee is grown in Colombia” refers to coffee as an agricultural product. “I’ll have a coffee” refers to a single cup of coffee.

Making Noncount Nouns into Count Nouns

There are a few very important words that make it possible to count noncount nouns. Many food words are noncount nouns. But if you are cooking, you need to measure specific amounts of food.

A recipe for cookies might call for “2 cups of sugar, a half-pound of butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.” Pound, cup and teaspoon are examples of measure words that you can use to make noncount nouns countable.

One of the most useful of these measure words is piece. You cannot count information but you can count a piece of information. Piece is a very useful word because it can be used with both count and noncount nouns. For example, you can have two pieces of pie or three pieces of information.

Listen to this song by Paul Young.

Every time you go away

You take a piece of me with you.

Here is a video of Paul Young singing Everytime You Go Away.

Some of these measure words have poetic qualities to them, such as: a grain of sand, a speck of dust, a bolt of lightning, a flake of snow, and a breath of air.

Common mistakes

Let’s look at some common mistakes with noncount nouns.

Traffic might seem like a count noun. After all, it refers to a lot of cars. But traffic is a noncount noun in English. Vocabulary, hardware, information, music, and advice are noncount nouns that English learners often confuse for count nouns.

And let us not forget the most important noncount noun of all: grammar. You cannot count grammar. But you can count grammar rules.

I’m Jill Robbins.

I’m Rick Hindman.

Come on come on come on come on and

Take it!

Take another little piece of heart now baby

Break it!

Break another little piece of my heart I know you will

Have a …

Have another little piece of my heart now baby

Here is Janis Joplin singing Piece of My Heart.

Words in This Story

non count nouns – n.  a noun (such as “sand” or “butter”) that refers to something that cannot be counted

luggage – n. the bags and suitcases that a person carries when traveling

garbage – n. things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown out

abstract – adj. relating to or involving general ideas or qualities rather than specific people, objects, or actions

spectacle – n. (old-fashioned) eyeglasses

bolt – n. a bright line of light that appears in the sky during a storm as in a flash of lightning

flake  – n. a small, thin piece of something

speck – n. a very small piece or spot


The Many Meanings of “LOAD” in English

How many meanings does the word load have? What about loaded? In this video, you’ll learn some of the common ways we use these words. We’ll cover formal, informal, and slang uses of these words.

In English, expressions based on one word can have so many different meanings! For example, did you know that I’m loaded can mean “I’m drunk” or “I’m rich”?

You’ll also see expressions such as a load off my chest, a shitload, free loader, a load of rubbish, and many more. I will also show you some great strategies to help your learning and understanding of new vocabulary. After you watch the video, review these expressions by taking the quiz, and practice using them with your friends!


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross


If you need me, call me.

No matter where you are, no matter how far.

Just call my name, I’ll be there in a hurry.

On that you can depend and never worry.


No wind, no rain, no winters cold

Can stop me babe, if you are gone.

No wind, no rain can stop me babe

If you are gone.



I know, I know you must follow the sun,

Where ever it leads…but remember…

If you should fall short of your desires,

Remember life holds for you one guarantee.

You’ll always have me.

And if you should miss my lovin’,

One of these old days…

If you should ever miss the arms

That used to hold you so close,

Or the lips that used to touch yours

So tenderly.

Just remember what I told you,

The day I set you free…


Ain’t no mountain high enough,

Ain’t no valley low enough,

Ain’t no river wide enough

To keep me from you.

Ain’t no mountain high enough,

Ain’t no valley low enough,

Ain’t no river wide enough,

To keep me from you.

Ain’t no mountain high enough,

Nothing can keep me,

Keep me from you!

Ain’t no mountain high enough,

Ain’t no valley low enough,

Ain’t no river wide enough,

To keep me from you. (Repeat 2 times)


To keep me from you.

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