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Haz click para escuchar Read, Listen and repeat the following words. Focus on the pronunciation.

Furniture   It’s my favourite piece of furniture.
Separate   It’s separate from the rest of the world.
Duvet   It’s too hot here in Spain for a blanket or a duvet.
Comfortable   It’s just so wonderfully comfortable. It’s a comfortable chair.

Some vowel sounds can be confusing. Ship, for example, has a short vowel sound /i/, and sheep has a long vowel sound /i:/.

Haz click para escuchar Listen and mark the words you hear. Follow the example. Listen and repeat.

Example:   ship   sheep
1.   s*hit   sheet
2.   sit   seat
3.   hit   heat
4.   still   steal
5.   sick   seek
6.   live   leave
7.   fill   feel
8.   b*itch   beach

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ship / sheep
s*hit / sheet
sit / seat
hit / heat
still / steal
sick / seek
live / leave
fill / feel
b*itch / beach

The word furniture is an uncountable noun.

Uncountable nouns always need a singular verb. The news (are) is very bad.
You cannot add an s to an uncountable noun. Let me give you some (advices) advice.
Uncountable nouns cannot be used with a or an. I had (a) bad luck last year.

Decide if the following sentences are right or wrong.

1. Can I have a chocolate?
2. When we went to Italy we had a terrible weather.
3. Simon told me an interesting piece of news yesterday.
4. If I want your advices, I’ll ask for them.
5. I usually have two toasts with my tea.
6. There was many traffic on the way to work this morning.
7. How many pieces of luggage are you checking in, sir?
  Mal tiempo en Italia
When we went to Italy...

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Here are some common uncountable nouns:

advice
information
news
weather
rubbish (basura)
money
furniture
traffic
health
  accommodation (alojamiento)
equipment (equipo)
chocolate
luck
politics
scenery (paisaje)
luggage
work
water

Some nouns can be countable and uncountable, but there is a change in meaning. Look at the following examples.

Chocolate.
Would you like a chocolate? (from a box of chocolates)
Would you like some chocolate? (a piece from a bar of chocolate)

Hair
There’s a hair in my soup.
She’s got beautiful brown hair.

Iron
This is made of iron (the metal).
You use an iron (una plancha) when you do the ironing.

Business
My brother-in-law has just opened a new business.
Mr. Smith is away on business.

Glass
Nearly all of the furniture in his office is made of glass. (the material).
Can a have a glass please? (un vaso).

It’s common to use the expression a piece of with uncountable nouns.

- That’s a very useful piece of information.
- Only one piece of hand luggage is allowed on the plane.
- Let me give you a piece of advice.
- How many pieces of cake have you had, Johnny?

Complete the following sentences with a / an or some.

1. I’ve just bought new furniture for the office.
2. Can I have glass of water, please.
3. Scotland has been having really bad weather this month.
4. I’m afraid I’ve got bad news for you.
5. I’ve been looking for job for nearly 5 weeks.
6. Have you got paper, please? I’d like to make a few notes.
7. That’s lovely piece of furniture.
8. If you’re going to Edinburgh in August, you should book accommodation.
9. Have you got iron I can borrow?
 
I’ve just bought ... new furniture for the office.

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