Countless nouns are still treated as singular when it comes to the subject-verb agreement: countless nouns are considered singular and can only accept singular verbs. That`s good news, of course. However, there are a number of important exceptions that we must keep in mind (in addition to the fact that the same subject can be used in more than one way), in part to match the subject and the verb correctly. Estling Vanneståhl (2007: 99) offers the following list of names that are unaccountable in English, but can be counted or plural in Swedish (please note that the list should not be exhaustive): it is also important to understand that this distinction between countable and innumerable names is not ad hoc. Instead, it is based on what the world is, or at least how language users see the world and the different types of entities that can be referred to by names. In English grammar, words that concern people, places or things are called nouns. There are several ways to classify names. One possibility is whether they are countable names (also called counts) or incalculable names (also called non-counters). Accounting names, as the term says, refer to things that can be counted. These examples show that the same name can have both countable and incalculable use. Indeed, this is not unusual at all. The name „fruit“ is generally considered to be countless names. A few other quantifiers can only be used with countless names: a lot, a little, a little, some.
Nouns such as luggage, furniture and jewelry are countless and accept singular verbs. Countable and countless names can also be used with quantifiers. These are words that express quantity or quantity. Common examples are a few, something, more, little, little, little, several. A countable name is a name typically used to refer to something that can be counted (e.g. a keyboard – a lot of keyboards), while an incalculable name is a name typically used to refer to something that cannot be counted (for example. B air). Sometimes, when countless names are treated as countable names, you can use the indeterminate article. The indefinite article is not used with countless names. Instead, the particular article can be used with countless names if it is referred to certain articles.
Given this brief and simplified presentation of the ontological and cognitive bases of the incalculable/countable distinction, we should be able to hypothesize that relatively close languages like English and Swedish, mainly spoken by people from relatively similar cultures, should not be very different when it comes to which names can be counted and which languages are incalculable. This assumption is correct. . . .