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ⓘ Mass noun. In linguistics, a mass noun is a common noun that refers to an amount, not an item or unit. Common mass nouns are water, chocolate, meat, time, and s ..




                                     

ⓘ Mass noun

In linguistics, a mass noun is a common noun that refers to an amount, not an item or unit. Common mass nouns are water, chocolate, meat, time, and space. Mass nouns are always singular and uncountable. The set of uncountable nouns and mass nouns is not identical. There are uncountable nouns, such as scissors which refer to an item, are plural, and are not mass nouns.

In some languages like English, mass nouns have different grammar than countable nouns. Their requirements for determiners, for example differ. Other languages, such as Japanese, do not treat mass nouns in any special way.

                                     
  • own measure words. However, in East Asian languages, like Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, all nouns both count and mass nouns must have measure words.
  • something that cannot be easily counted, also called uncountable nouns or mass nouns For example, a person cannot usually say, I have three gasolines
  • Stanford University, pp. 1 39. Laycock, Henry 2005. Mass nouns count nouns and non - count nouns Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Oxford: Elsevier
  • different endings that identify the noun s declension. When a noun is declined, twelve forms are made, two for each of the noun cases the locative is omitted
  • 2nd ed, Institute Of Ceramics & Pergamon Press. Pottery, meaning 3, mass noun Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2015. Vandiver, Pamela
  • year in economics and accounting Flow in hip hop and poetry, a verb or noun described as the ability to start and maintain a verse of lyrics Flow