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Uncountable Nouns List with Examples

The word mnemonic comes in almost everybody's mind the moment they hear words like memory tricks or memorization techniques. Mnemonic devices, one of the oldest techniques of learning, can be applied in almost all fields of human interest and English grammar is not an exception.

Two Important Rules while Using uncountable Nouns

Two important rules in English while using uncountable nouns are:
1. Do not add a "s" at the end of the uncountable nouns.
2. Do not add the word "the" preceding the uncountable nouns.

Remembering uncountable nouns becomes very easy by using this simple mnemonic; LAFINGS (pronounced Laughings).

L Stands for Languages:

• Arabic
• Japanese
• Spanish
• English

Avoid adding an "s" with these words. Also, avoid adding "the" with these words. The Arabic, the Japanese, the English.

A Stands for Abstract Concepts

These abstract concepts often have endings like -ness, -ance, -ence, -ity:

• Beauty
• Ignorance ignorances is non-standard English
• Peace

F Stands for Food Staples uncountable List

Food staples can be purchased in various forms:

• Bread
• Meat
• Butter

I Stands for -Ing forms (most of them)

Training (many people say "trainings" and "learnings", which are considered as non-standard English)

• Learning (not learnings)
• Shopping
• Working

N Stands for Natural Substances

Natural substances can change shape, depending on natural laws:

• Steam, water, ice
• Smoke, ashes
• Oxygen
(Avoid saying steams, or waters)

G Stands for Group of things

Group of things that have different sizes and shapes:

• Luggage
• Furniture

(Adding "s", such as luggages or furnitures, are considered non-standard English)

S Stands for Small Parts

Substances with many small parts:

• Rice
• Sand
• Sugar

Again, avoid using the word the in the beginning of the sentences with the above list. The rice, the luggage, the steam, the shopping, the bread, the beauty and the training are considered non standard.

For budding writers, language teachers, instructional designers, technical writers and academicians, LAFINGS mnemonic is a handy mnemonic when they want to recall some of the most commonly used uncountable nouns list in English.

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