Tuesday, November 20, 2012

quicko: (un)countable nouns

Lego.  Countable to Americans; uncountable to Australians.  (i.e., "He built a castle made out of Legos," sounds strange to an Australian, but not an American.)

Ice cream.  Countable to Australians; uncountable to Americans.  (i.e., "We'd like two ice creams," sounds strange to an American, but not an Australian.)

1 comment:

Laetitia :-) said...

The reason why the first one sounds odd to us is because Lego is a type / brand of building blocks. So we're being lazy by not saying "He built a castle made out of Lego blocks."