Our question this week revisits the subject of countable nouns. These are people, places or things that can be individually counted. If there's more than one they are plural countable nouns.
Plural and singular nouns are preceded with different words so it's important to know which ones to use.
Singular countable nouns usually need a or an before the word, such as a dog.
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The plural version can occur with the definite article, possessive pronouns, and demonstrative pronouns.
Join Rob and Feifei to hear lots of examples and meet Rover, the dog, too!
Feifei: 大家好少儿英语培训哪个，欢迎收听 《你问我答》。我是冯菲菲。
Rob: And hello, I'm Rob.
Feifei: Hmmm, is there a dog in the studio or was that you?
Rob: No it's not me. I've brought my dog Rover into the studio. Say hello Rover.
He's going to help us explain today's question.
Feifei: Rob 把他的狗Rover 带来了演播室英语培训，Rob觉得Rover 可以来帮我们解答今天的问
题。那Rover 岂不是一只巨聪明的狗？OK, well let's read out today's question
Hello. I have a question about plural nouns. Here are two sentences:
My favourite animal is dog. And, my favourite animals are dogs.
Are they both right and why can we say both dog and dogs when dog is a countable
noun? Thank you for your help. I am looking forward to your answer.
From Loong Wang.
Feifei: 听友 Loong Wang 提的这个难题是和词语复数形式有关的。比如说，单词dog 是可
数名词少儿英语培训哪个，那课文dogs 呢？It sounds like we need a lesson on countable
nouns, can Rover help?
Rob: I'm sure he can. We get lots of questions about this so I think it's a good
idea to explain more about countable nouns. Are you ready?
Feifei: So first we need to explain what a noun is. A noun is a part of speech that
explains a person, place or thing. 名词常指人，地方或事儿。For example, a
Rob: Yes, a dog is a noun.
Feifei: And so is a cat.
Rob: Calm down Rover. Now, a countable noun is something you can count,
they are separate things that can be counted. Uncountable nouns are
things that are impossible to count like air or sand.
Feifei: 可数名词顾名思义就是可以数得东西。So for example, one dog, two cats.
Rob: Rover, sit down! The important thing to remember is when you are talking
about one singular thing or one person you have to add a or an before the
word. Such as: