How Much vs. How Many “Count, Noncount Nouns and Partitives


How Much and How Many belong to Count and Noncount Nouns.

What is a Noun?

Nouns – are name of persons, places, things, animals and events.

Examples: Trish, New York, Cat, balloons, house, glass, park and more…

Count Nouns – Nouns that can be counted.

Noncount Nouns – Nouns that cannot be counted and it is also called Mass Nouns



Lets us now check how “How Many and How Much” being used in a sentence.

1. How many apples do you have? - Count Nouns
- because you can count the apples, then use "how many".
2. How much sugar do you want? - Noncount Nouns
- because you cannot count sugar, then use "how much".
However, Noncount or Mass Nouns can be counted by using measurement words.

1. How many packs of sugar do you want? -Count Nouns
- because of the measurement "pack of sugar", then use how many.
2. How many glasses of water do you take everyday? - Count Nouns
- because of the measurement word "glass of water"
Note: Count Nouns - can be made plural and Noncount Nouns or Mass Nouns
                    cannot be made plural.
Count Nouns Examples: (singular-plural)
1. apple - apples
2. egg - eggs
3. mango - mangoes
4. book - books
5. banana - bananas

Noncount Nouns Examples: (plural only)
1. sugar
2. milk
3. cheese
4. salt
5. ice cream

Partitive – is a phrase which made up of a count noun followed by of and a count or mass noun.

1. Two piles of cards
   piles of - count noun
   cards - count noun
2. A glass of lemonade
   glass of - count noun
   lemonade - noncount or mass noun