Uncountable – indénombrable
Let's Define It!
What's an *uncountable* noun?
An uncountable noun is a noun that cannot be counted. Sheesh, thanks Captain Obvious!!!
In French, we say "nom indénombrable" for uncountable noun in English.
Uncountable nouns are those such as le sel [salt], le poivre [pepper], l'eau [water].
These are non-discrete things that refer to a mass we can not break up into pieces. They usually represent things that are too small or too amorphous to be counted individually. For example, gases, liquids, powder, etc.
Uncountable nouns often take partitive articles (du beurre) but avoid taking indefinite articles unless the noun is being described/modified by another element (un beurre de bonne qualité) [a good-quality butter]
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
du beurre/ (some) butter
la confiture / the jam
du riz / (some) rice