Food/Drink-related Countable AND Uncountable Nouns + Little Italy Coffee Shops - CISL English Language Schools, California (2022)

Countable and uncountable nouns: what are they, and why are they important? Read on to learn about these two categories and discover some words that can be both countable and uncountable nouns . . . like the word “coffee.” Then learn about some of San Diego, Little Italy’s coolest coffee shops!

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Countable Nouns

Countable nouns refer to things that can be counted. (This means that we usually add an “s” or “es” to the noun when it is plural.)

  • banana/bananas
  • cloud/clouds
  • beach/beaches

Sometimes, the plural form is irregular.

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  • man/men
  • woman/women
  • child/children
  • mouse/mice

Why is it important to categorize countable and uncountable nouns? With countable nouns, we can use “a” or “an” in front of the word. With uncountable nouns, this is not the case.

Uncountable Nouns

Uncountable nouns cannot be counted, and therefore do not have a different word for a plural form.

Many abstract nouns are uncountable:

  • happiness
  • honesty
  • thankfulness

Other countable nouns are not abstract:

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  • water
  • coffee
  • flour
  • milk
  • rice
  • butter

However, we can use “a” or “an” with these nouns if we turn these nouns into something that can be divided into elements (and therefore counted). Then we use the form “a (something) of (noun)”:

  • a glass of water
  • a cup of coffee
  • a teaspoon of flour
  • a pint of milk
  • a grain of rice
  • a pat/stick of butter

Words that are both countable and uncountable nouns

Some words can be both countable and uncountable nouns. As we are focusing on coffee today, the nouns listed below are also nouns related to food and drink. Enjoy!

beer

  • Countable definition: a glass of beer
    • Two beers, please.
  • Uncountable definition: a beverage made with water and hops
    • I don’t like the taste of beer.

bread

  • Countable definition: particular types of bread
    • They offer many breads at the local bakery, including sourdough and rye.
  • Uncountable definition: a food made from grains
    • People who are gluten-free don’t eat bread.

cheese

  • Countable definition: particular types of cheese
    • How many cheeses did you buy for the cheese plate?
  • Uncountable definition: a dairy food
    • Cheese is my favorite food.

coffee

  • Countable definition: cups of coffee
    • I ordered two coffees while I was waiting for my friend to join me.
  • Uncountable definition: the drink made from roasted coffee beans
    • I drink coffee every morning.

dessert

  • Countable definition: a particular type of dessert food
    • Did you see all of the desserts they offer?
  • Uncountable definition: the food eaten at the end of a meal (usually it is sweet)
    • Would you like some dessert?

food

  • Countable definition: different types of food
    • Are you allergic to any foods?
  • Uncountable definition: the things we eat
    • Want to get some food?

fruit

  • Countable definition: particular types of fruit
    • She puts a lot of different fruits in her smoothies. They’re delicious!
    • What fruits are low in sugar?
  • Uncountable definition: the part of a tree or plant that can be eaten and contains seeds
    • Sometimes we eat fruit for dessert.

jam

  • Countable definition: different types of jams
    • What types of jams do you have for toast?
  • Uncountable definition: preserved fruit, usually put on toast
    • I don’t like strawberry jam.

juice

  • Countable definition: different types of juices; glasses of juice
    • How many juices did you drink this morning?
    • Two orange juices, please.
  • Uncountable definition: the liquid from fruits, plants, or other foods
    • I don’t like orange juice with pulp.
    • Have you ever had pineapple juice?

meat

  • Countable definition: different types of meat
    • He made three different meats for the BBQ.
  • Uncountable definition: animals eaten as food
    • Do you eat meat or are you a vegetarian?

salad

  • Countable definition: types of salad
    • I made three salads for the picnic.
  • Uncountable definition: a food made with vegetables (usually lettuce) with a dressing
    • Did you eat your salad?

sugar

  • Countable definition: a particular type of sugar or measurements of sugar (such as a packet of sugar)
    • How many (packets of) sugar do you put in your coffee?
  • Uncountable definition: the sweet crystals made from plants such as sugar cane or beets
    • We don’t eat a lot of sugar during the week, so it’s OK if we eat cake on Sunday.

tea

  • Countable definition: different types of tea; cups of tea
    • I had three teas today.
    • How many teas does that local shop sell?
  • Uncountable definition: a drink made from hot water and dried plants
    • Do you have any green tea?

wine

  • Countable definition: different types of wine
    • They have so many wines at that store down the street!
  • Uncountable definition: a drink made from fermentedfruit (usually grapes)
    • Did you know that the Romans made wine throughout Europe?

Coffee Shops in San Diego’s Little Italy

San Diego’s Little Italy is a beautifulneighborhood; in fact, it was voted the best Little Italy in the U.S., and it was also named one of the best U.S. neighborhoods to live in! CISL San Diego students have the option of living in Little Italy and staying in the Vantaggio residence. When living in Little Italy, be sure to check out some of the cool coffee shops in the area!

Bird Rock Roasters

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The Little Italy location is the newest store for this popular local coffee shop, which roasts its own award-winning beans and brews delicious pour-over coffees. Sip a cup and watch the planes fly overhead: the shop is located in the flight path for the San Diego airport. And be sure to try the Kenyan Peaberry: it’s won more awards than Meryl Streep has Oscars!

Heartsleeves Coffee

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This hidden gem is just behind Piazza Basilone, which is a beautiful square with a fountain located on India and Fir Streets. Grab a cup and then explore the adorable shops that are located on the Fir Cottage strip: each boutique is a home once owned by local Italian fishermen, and each is decorated in beautiful colors and offers unique gifts, home decor, and clothing.

James Coffee Co.

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Head to Northern Little Italy for James Coffee Co: the space is part coffee shop, part industrial space, and part home to other independent stores such as barber shops, bike shops, and stores featuring local artists. It’s fun, inventive, and a great place to do some studying and shopping!

Lofty Coffee

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Little Italy’s newest coffee shop is the second location for this company, which has a popular shop in North County (and whose business just merged with Bird Rock Roasters)! This urban coffee shop on the corner of Cedar and Columbia offers breakfast and lunch items that use local and organic ingredients. Check it out and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Want to learn more about coffee? Check out CISL’s article about The Best Coffee Shops in SF.

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All photos from each coffee shop’s Facebook page.

FAQs

Is coffee uncountable or countable noun? ›

"Coffee" is a countable and uncountable word. It all depends on the situation. When it's uncountable, for example, the meaning is: a drink prepared with ground, roasted seeds.

What are the 5 examples of countable nouns? ›

Countable Nouns
  • dog, cat, animal, man, person.
  • bottle, box, litre.
  • coin, note, dollar.
  • cup, plate, fork.
  • table, chair, suitcase, bag.

What is uncountable noun give any 7 Example? ›

These are called uncountable nouns, because they cannot be separated or counted. Other common uncountable nouns include: accommodation, baggage, homework, knowledge, money, permission, research, traffic, travel. These nouns are not used with a/an or numbers and are not used in the plural.

Which foods are countable or uncountable? ›

Countable food is a type of food that can be counted because they can be used with numbers and have plural forms. For example, “apple” is a countable food because you can say you want “three apples”. Uncountable food is the opposite of countable food because it does not make sense to talk about it with numbers.

What is the noun of coffee? ›

noun. /ˈkɔfi/ , /ˈkɑfi/ enlarge image. [uncountable, countable] the roast seeds (calledcoffee beans) of a tropical bush; a powder made from them decaffeinated/instant coffee ground/real coffee a jar of coffee a blend of Brazilian and Colombian coffees coffee ice cream.

What kind of noun is coffe? ›

Coffee is a countable noun.

What are the 10 examples of uncountable nouns? ›

Uncountable nouns
  • tea.
  • sugar.
  • water.
  • air.
  • rice.
  • knowledge.
  • beauty.
  • anger.

What are uncountable nouns 6? ›

1. Anything that cannot be counted using number is an uncountable noun. We use uncountable nouns for abstract ideas or qualities or for physical objects that are too small to be counted (liquids, powders, gases, etc.).

Is tea countable or uncountable? ›

tea → countable

Example sentence: We'll have two teas and a coffee, please.

Is milk countable or uncountable? ›

Milk is an uncountable (non-countable) noun like water, snow and rice. Cartons of milk are countable so we use many. Other countable nouns include people, houses and pens. A cartoon is a quantifier.

Is drink countable or uncountable? ›

drink. 1[countable, uncountable] a liquid for drinking; an amount of a liquid that you drink Can I have a drink? soft drinks (= cold drinks without alcohol) a drink of water food and drink She took a drink from the glass and then put it down.

Which type of noun is food? ›

Any substance that is or can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life. "The innkeeper brought them food and drink." Anything intended to supply energy or nourishment of an entity or idea.

Is food plural or singular? ›

in most cases "food" is used both in the singular and in the plural. The noun food is not always a mass noun, however. It is often used as a count noun: At this year's international fair we sampled foods (kinds of food) from many more countries than last year. Generally, 'food' is used as an uncountable noun.

Is drink a noun? ›

drink is a verb and a noun, drunk is a noun and an adjective, and drunken is an adjective:He wants to drink some water.

Is drink a singular noun? ›

They had had no food or drink all day.
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drink ​Definitions and Synonyms ​‌‌‌
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pluraldrinks

Is coffee singular or plural? ›

Coffee is the plural form. "How much coffee did you drink this morning?" "I'll have a couple cups of coffee to go."

Is the word coffee English? ›

In English and other European languages, coffee derives from the Ottoman Turkish kahve, via the Italian caffè.

Is Starbucks a noun? ›

"Starbucks" is a noun. According to the grammar, all the nouns which end in "s" will require an "-es" for the plural, so, possibly it is "Starbuckses".

Is coffee a noun yes or no? ›

Noun: “Coffee” Answer: Yes! “I usually drink a cup of coffee in the morning.”

What are the 20 uncountable nouns? ›

Uncountable Nouns
  • music, art, love, happiness.
  • advice, information, news.
  • furniture, luggage.
  • rice, sugar, butter, water.
  • electricity, gas, power.
  • money, currency.

What is uncountable noun with example? ›

An uncountable noun is a noun that usually cannot be expressed in a plural form. It is not something you can quantify. For example, "milk," "water," "air," "money," "food" are uncountable nouns. Usually, you can't say, "He had many moneys." or “The airs smelled good this morning.”

What are 10 examples of material nouns? ›

Material noun- Gold, Silver, coal, rock, water, sunlight, leather, wood, sand, air, etc.

What are the 50 examples of collective nouns? ›

50 Examples of Collective Nouns
  • A class of students.
  • A cloud of dust.
  • A cluster of coconuts.
  • A colony of badgers.
  • A company of actors.
  • A hand of bananas.
  • A harvest of wheat.
  • A heap of rubbish.

What are 20 examples of material nouns? ›

This noun is especially called as material noun because nouns in this class are almost materials like cloth, air, metal, gold, salt, iron, silver, steel, brass, bronze, copper, aluminium, lead, coal, coral, gem, diamond, glass, fibre, calcium, plastic, rubber, paper, cement, paint, plywood, synthetics, shampoo, soap, ...

What are 100 abstract nouns? ›

100 Abstract Nouns List with Forms
NounsVerbsAdverbs
AdmirationAdmireAdmirably
AdventureAdventureAdventurously
AdviceAdviseAdvisably
AgreementAgreeAgreeably
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What is a group of 100 parrots? ›

One last extra-special collective noun for a group of birds is also possibly the best of them all: a group of parrots is called a 'pandemonium'. Parrots (in this case quite young parrots) have one of the finest collective nouns around: a 'pandemonium'!

Is little used for uncountable? ›

We use little with uncountable nouns. We use few with plural countable nouns. They are used in formal contexts: I'm not very happy about it but I suppose I have little choice.

Is wood countable or uncountable? ›

wood → countable

Example sentence: Many woods are great for making furniture, but my favourites are teak and English oak.

Is chocolate countable or uncountable? ›

(uncountable) Chocolate is a candy made from cacao beans and often used to flavour other foods such as cakes and cookies. In my opinion, the best cookies are those that contain chocolate. (countable) A chocolate is an individual candy that is made of or covered in chocolate.

Is Soup countable or uncountable? ›

NounEdit. (uncountable) Soup is a food usually made by boiling meat and vegetables in water to give the water flavour.

Can of Coke countable or uncountable? ›

As a form of fuel that is burned, coke is uncountable and thus has no plural. As a drink, the word is a name, takes a capital, and has the plural form Cokes.

Is the juice countable or uncountable? ›

In the first sentence, juice refers to the liquid beverage; thus, it is uncountable. In the second sentence, juice refers to the different varieties of juice (e.g., apple, grape, pineapple, etc.), and therefore, is considered a countable noun.

What are countable and uncountable nouns with examples? ›

Nouns can be countable or uncountable. Countable nouns can be counted, e.g. an apple, two apples, three apples, etc. Uncountable nouns cannot be counted, e.g. air, rice, water, etc. When you learn a new noun, you should check if it is countable or uncountable and note how it is used in a sentence.

Is tomato countable or uncountable? ›

(countable) A tomato is a red, roundish fruit, roughly the size of a fist. It does not have a core nor pips. Bad singers or musicians used to be thrown tomatoes at. (countable) A tomato is also the plant bearing tomatoes.

Is lunch countable or uncountable? ›

The noun lunch can be countable or uncountable. In more general, commonly used, contexts, the plural form will also be lunch. However, in more specific contexts, the plural form can also be lunches e.g. in reference to various types of lunches or a collection of lunches.

Is tea a count or uncountable noun? ›

tea → countable

Example sentence: We'll have two teas and a coffee, please.

Is tea a uncountable noun? ›

2[uncountable] a hot drink made by pouring boiling water onto tea leaves. It may be drunk with milk or lemon and/or sugar added a cup/mug/pot of tea iced/hot tea Would you like tea or coffee?

Is some coffee singular or plural? ›

The noun coffee can be countable or uncountable. In more general, commonly used, contexts, the plural form will also be coffee. However, in more specific contexts, the plural form can also be coffees e.g. in reference to various types of coffees or a collection of coffees.
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What is the plural of coffee?
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Is coffee singular or plural? ›

Coffee is the plural form. "How much coffee did you drink this morning?" "I'll have a couple cups of coffee to go."

Is drink countable or uncountable? ›

drink. 1[countable, uncountable] a liquid for drinking; an amount of a liquid that you drink Can I have a drink? soft drinks (= cold drinks without alcohol) a drink of water food and drink She took a drink from the glass and then put it down.

What are the 10 uncountable nouns? ›

Uncountable nouns
  • tea.
  • sugar.
  • water.
  • air.
  • rice.
  • knowledge.
  • beauty.
  • anger.

Is milk a uncountable noun? ›

Milk is an uncountable (non-countable) noun like water, snow and rice. Cartons of milk are countable so we use many.

Is coffee cup a noun? ›

Noun. A cup, typically a small one, in which coffee can be served.

Is Starbucks a noun? ›

"Starbucks" is a noun. According to the grammar, all the nouns which end in "s" will require an "-es" for the plural, so, possibly it is "Starbuckses".

Can of Coke countable or uncountable? ›

As a form of fuel that is burned, coke is uncountable and thus has no plural. As a drink, the word is a name, takes a capital, and has the plural form Cokes.

Is drink plural or singular? ›

The noun drink can be countable or uncountable. In more general, commonly used, contexts, the plural form will also be drink. However, in more specific contexts, the plural form can also be drinks e.g. in reference to various types of drinks or a collection of drinks.

Is it OK to say a coffee? ›

Coffee is a liquid, so it's an uncountable noun. You cannot say a coffee; you can say either some coffee or a cup of coffee.

Is Starbucks singular or plural? ›

The singular of "Starbucks" is really "Starbucks Cafe". The plural would be "Starbucks cafes", so the "Starbucks" part remains unchanged.

Why is it called a coffee? ›

The word “coffee” has roots in several languages. In Yemen it earned the name qahwah, which was originally a romantic term for wine. It later became the Turkish kahveh, then Dutch koffie and finally coffee in English. The modern version of roasted coffee originated in Arabia.

Why is coffee called a cup? ›

The Josephus Daniels theory

One of the most infamous decisions was to completely outlaw any alcohol on all naval bases, meaning that coffee was the strongest drink available to the sailors. Therefore, coffee was insultingly referred to as a “cup of Joseph”, and eventually a “cup of joe”.

Is cafe and coffee same? ›

In simple terms, the line between cafe and coffee shop is actually coffee itself. Generally in a coffee shop, coffee is the main focus. You will find different brewing methods, traditional espresso beverages, and most also have a selection of tea offerings. Officially, a cafe can also be referred to as a restaurant.

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