September 10


Day 4. Uncountable nouns

For people who follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook this short post may look lazy, but it actually is a perfect example of how to reinforce new vocabulary. You learn new stuff, you write it down, and then you do it again. 

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go check out my Instagram page or join the community on Facebook. If you do know what I’m talking about, it’s time for you to reinforce the list of uncountable nouns below. 

Uncountable nouns

Some uncountable nouns can be made singular if they are used with a bit of or a piece of. They can also be made plural by adding bits of or pieces of. 

However, many uncountable nouns have special words to make them singular or plural, for example a loaf of bread.

The list below contains wrong combinations. Can you match them correctly? For example, a burst of glass should be a burst of applause


1 a burst of glass

2 a pane of smoke

3 a stroke of abuse

4 a grain of dust

5 a gust of thunder

6 a speck of luck

7 a stream of emergency

8 a ray of wind

9 a source of sunshine

10 an item of applause

11 a rumble of sand

12 a puff of amusement

13 a state of clothing/ news

In some cases, for example for glass, it is not wrong to use a bit of or a piece of. However, for other cases it is essential that the right word is used and a higher mark would be gained if the best word was used with glass.


a burst of applause

a pane of glass

a stroke of luck

a grain of sand

a gust of wind

a speck of dust

a stream of abuse

a ray of sunshine

a source of amusement

an item of clothing/news

a rumble of thunder

a puff of smoke

a state of emergency

About the author 


Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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