mass nounmass noun
- An example of mass noun is motherhood.
- An example of mass noun is air.
- An example of mass noun is pasta.
The definition of a mass noun is a noun that names something that cannot be counted.
a noun denoting an abstraction or something that is uncountable, and generally not preceded by a or an or a numeral: it is typically in a singular construction, but may be singular or plural in form (Ex.: sympathy, girlhood, butter, news)
A noun, such as furniture, water, or honesty, that cannot be modified by the indefinite article, does not occur in the plural, and is often preceded by modifiers such as some or much or by a phrase containing a unit of measurement. Some nouns can function both as mass nouns ( There are sixty boxes of tile in the warehouse ) and as count nouns ( We had to cut a tile in half to fit the end of the row ). Also called noncount noun . See Usage Note at collective noun.
- In English, mass nouns, such as information and money, have no plural form and are not used with the indefinite article or numbers in almost all of their senses..
- Conversely many countable nouns can also be used as mass nouns.
- Buying into East Egg rather than West Egg gets you more house for the money.
- Many mass nouns, such as whisky, can also be count nouns when they refer to a variety (“Scotch and Canadian whiskies") or to denote a serving (“please bring us two whiskies").
- attributive form of mass noun, noun.