How do you explain the difference between count and noncount nouns?
I am continually confronted by students getting this wrong. How do you concisely and simply explain the rules for pluralising for count and noncount nouns? How to explain why it is wrong to add the S in certain cases, without saying: "you just have to learn it"
Example count nouns:
tennis ball > tennis balls
monkey > monkeys
equipment > equipment
material > material (althought materials can be used and means something subtly different)
sheep > sheep
Count nouns, names of things, peple, animal that CAN BE COUNTED. CAN BE SEPARATED. Like apple, dog etch. and Non Count nouns like Dignity, courage. Just simply said the most simple non count nouns are values, because we cant count dignity, amiability