Noun Countability; Count Nouns and Non-count Nouns, What are the Syntactic Differences Between them?

Azhar A. Alkazwini

Abstract


Words that function as the subjects of verbs, objects of verbs or prepositions and which can have a plural form and possessive ending are known as nouns. They are described as referring to persons, places, things, states, or qualities and might also be used as an attributive modifier. In this paper, classes and subclasses of nouns shall be presented, then, noun countability branching into count and non-count nous shall be discussed. A number of present examples illustrating differences between count and non-count nouns and this includes determiner-head-co-occurrence restrictions of number, subject-verb agreement, in addition to some exceptions to this agreement rule shall be discussed. Also, the lexically inherent number in nouns and how inherently plural nouns are classified in terms of (+/- count) are illustrated. This research will discuss partitive construction of count and non-count nouns, nouns as attributive modifier and, finally, conclude with the fact that there are syntactic difference between count and non-count in the English Language.

 


Keywords


English Language, Nouns, Count, Non-count, Syntactic Differences, Proper Nouns

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.5n.7p.96

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