Click to listen to my intro to the activity “Your Money or Your Life”.
Some mass nouns are tricky because they can have both a countable and uncountable meaning. Help students by reminding them that a mass noun is usually abstract. We can use a mass noun as a singular or plural noun when the meaning becomes more specific and we are talking about types or units. For example, you might go to the store knowing you want some cheese (mass noun – general category), and then you ask the guy behind the deli counter to recommend a mild cheese (count noun – specific type). Note also how the use of quantifiers and articles changes along with the meaning.
Please click to view: Your Money or Your Life_handout. The activity prompts short conversations based on questions that contextualize nouns that can have a countable or uncountable meaning. I recommend that you try a couple of questions first and then highlight the grammar before continuing on. However, you have the freedom to decide the best placement of focused study.