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Countable and uncountable nouns????


Countable and uncountable nouns????
Hi everybody.
Is chocolate a countable or uncountable noun?
I´ve done some reasearch on internet and it was uncountable but I found this example on cambridge dictionary online: I took her a box of chocolates.
I´ve got confused.
So can we say chocolates and it stays an uncountable noun?
Can you help me??

11 Jan 2010      


Tornou-se Countable porque é 1 CAIXA de chocolates.
P.ex rice é uncount. mas se disseres a spoon of rice, este torna-se count.

11 Jan 2010     

Czech Republic

Almost all uncountable nouns (items of food, drinks) can be changed to COUNTABLE, but you have to add the "container" - a basket of..., a bag of ..., a bowl of ..., a bottle of..., a sack of ...., a loaf of...(bread), three loaves of .... white bread, a slice of ... (cheese)..., a plate of, a slice of, a carton of, a piece of, a pot of, a drop of, a can of, a  bucket of, a jug of, a drop of... water, a bar of, a jar of, a head of (lettuce), a roll of paper, a bunch of, a tube of, a crate of, a package of,  a pack of, a stick of, a sack of ....
and also quantities:
two litres of milk, five meters of cloth..., a gallon of, a dozen of, a pint of, pound of , a quart of...
see these worksheets on QUANTITIES AND CONTAINERS:

BTW - the chocolate - is UNCOUNTABLE - there isn´t much chocolate .... It is the brown "staff / material / mass")
a BAR of chocolate -- Milka, Cadbury... is COUNTABLE
COUNTABLE chocolates are "bonbons", small round pieces of chocolate wrapped in paper / foil...
so you can say "a box of chocolates"... similar to "a box of cookies", "a box of muffins" .....

11 Jan 2010     


It depends on the meaning

chocolate (U) in general     I like chocolate!

a chocolate (C) a box of chocolates   "Please, help yourself with a chocolate."


12 Jan 2010     

United States

Dusia is correct except that you say:
Please help yourself to a chocolate.

12 Jan 2010     


Chocolate can become countable if it means sweets (candies Am) coated in chocolate. Then you can say chocolates, or as Dusia said you can also say a box of chocolates.

12 Jan 2010     

Czech Republic

These are chocolates:


Each of them is a chocolate. Countable noun.

But they are made out of chocolate - the material. Uncountable noun.

12 Jan 2010     


Thank you all for your help.

12 Jan 2010