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This exercise practises nouns which can be both count and non-count, usually with different meanings. Read the sentences and put the correct words in the gaps. Make sure you put them in the correct forms in the singular or plural with a definite or indefinite article where necessary. Remember, count nouns must take an article or the plural. Non-count nouns do not take an indefinite article or the plural. Each word is used twice, once as a count and once as a non-count noun.

experience, light, pain, paper, reason

1. If you want to apply for this job you need to have a lot of (1) with computers.

2. Tomorrow evening Professor Tompkins is going present(2) on his latest research into genetic disorders.

3. Our powers of (3) are what separate humans from animals. Basically, we can think while animals cannot.

4. None of (4) in the house is working because the electric fuse has blown. Can you go and get a new one?

5. It is now well-known that many animals have the ability to feel(5) so we should really care for them more than we do now.

6. After the wood is cut up into small pieces it is pulped and then made into (6) .

7. I've had (7) in my back all week. I find it difficult to lie down on it and to sit on the sofa.

8. My car skidded on the icy road and almost hit a tree. I was so scared. It was (8) I would rather forget.

9. Now, Mr Jones I notice on your application that you had a very good job until recently. What were your (9) for leaving?

10. I went to look at a new flat yesterday. It was designed for artists to live and work in so it has a lot of (10) .