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The noun "iron" can be both countable and uncountable.


Meaning: a strong, hard metal
Example sentence: Pots and pans used to be made of iron, but now they're made of stainless steel.


Meaning: a household appliance for smoothing out wrinkles in clothes
Example sentence: Let the iron get hot before you starting ironing the clothes.

Note: In chemistry, "iron" is one of the chemical elements (symb. Fe) and one of the trace elements needed by our bodies. This meaning is uncountable.

Test your understanding:

In which sentence is the word "iron" countable?
  1. Were you taught how to use an iron when you were young?
  2. Were you taught about the uses of iron when you were young?

The grammar of Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable/Uncountable Gapfill Games
Countable/Uncountable Sorting Games

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