Beginner 2 | Lesson #4 Countables

House and Things

Aimee and Todd talk about all the stuff they have in their homes.

Aimee: So, Todd, do you like your house?

Todd: I do. It's a nice house, but it's an old house. It's very old.

Aimee: How many rooms are in your house?

Todd: My house has four rooms, a living room, a sleeping room, a study room, and a kitchen.

Aimee: That sounds big. How about bathrooms? How many bathrooms do you have?

Todd: I have two bathrooms or toilets, and then I have one washing room to take a shower.

Aimee: Oh, nice. Do you have a TV?

Todd: I do have a TV in the living room, and I have a big couch and a nice table, and I have cable TV.

Aimee: Wow.

Todd: I have cable, but I don't watch TV much.

Aimee: Oh, well, what about your kitchen. Do you have a kitchen?

Todd: I do. I have a very small kitchen. My kitchen has one stove, a small stove, a table, and a refrigerator, and a microwave. I can cook, but it's not easy.

Aimee: Oh, how many chairs do you have in the kitchen.

Todd: We only have two chairs. It's very, very small.

Aimee: Do you have a kettle?

Todd: I do have a kettle. Do you want coffee?

Aimee: No. It's an important, important kitchen appliance.

Todd: It is. It is. I like that kettle. I think, in American English, we say "Coffee pot."

Aimee: Really?

Todd: Yeah. Do we say, "Kettle?" Maybe. I don't know. I don't know American English. I need to learn.

Aimee: For me, a kettle is something you use to boil water, so you could be making tea or coffee.

Todd: True.

Aimee: It doesn't matter.

Todd: Maybe we do say kettle. We say kettle. Sorry.

Aimee: How about books, Todd? Do you have many books?

Todd: No. I have a rule. I only keep two books.

Aimee: What?

Todd: Yeah. If I want a new book, I must get rid of a book.

Aimee: Wow.

Todd: Only two. Never three. I don't like having three, four-

Aimee: hat is so strict.

Todd: It is. It is very strict. My rule, strange rule.

Aimee: How about clothes? Do you have a lot of clothes?

Todd: No. I am a minimalist. That means I have few items of clothing. I think I have maybe five shirts and three pairs of pants-

Aimee: Wow.

Todd: And two pairs of shoes.

Aimee: Wow. It sounds great.

Todd: It is, kind of, but I'm 47. I'm old, so it's okay. I can wear the same clothes every day. It's okay.

Aimee: In your house, do you have a patio?

Todd: I do, but it's really old, and it's not safe. It can fall. It's old, so I don't use it, but I have a small area to go outside, a small garden. It's nice.

Aimee: Sounds nice. Sounds like a great house.

Todd: It is, it is. Old, but nice.

There is / There are + Quantifiers

Countable / Singular ( a / an )

Is there a park?
Is there a mall?

There is a park.
There is a mall.

There isn't a park. / There is no park.
There isn't a mall. / There is no mall.

Countable / Plural ( any / some )

Are there any shops?
Are there any schools?

There are many shops.
There are a lot of schools.

There aren't many shops. (aren't many = a few)
There aren't any schools.

Uncountable ( any / some )

Is there clean air?
Is there lots of rain?

There is a lot of clean air.
There is a lot of rain.

There isn't any space.
There isn't much rain.

Answer the following questions about the interview.