Countable and Uncountable Nouns

 

Some nouns are countable and can be described with the phrase ka loki ‘are many’.  People, animals, body parts, and objects are often countable. Other nouns are uncountable and can be described with the phrase na kädër ‘are many’. Plants, liquids, things usually found in numbers, and abstract nouns (ideas) are often uncountable. Depending on how a noun is used, it may be either countable or uncountable. Insects are often countable or uncountable. Sometimes people, animals and other nouns are either countable or uncountable.

 

Countable and uncountable nouns
Countable Uncountable  
batuu ka loki father-in-law
bötölï ka loki male goat
kaliki ka loki elbow
gboo ka loki fence
nduma na kädër grass
mini na kädër water
waru na kädër fish type
kiri na kädër star
ꞌbii na kädër sleep
yëgë ka loki yëgë na kädër locust
ꞌbindugu ka loki ꞌbindugu na kädër merchant
böꞌdü ka loki böꞌdü na kädër hog, pig