Jun 26 2020
Many students can agree that one of the times that they look forward to the most is the summer! The sun is out, the weather is great, there’s no homework, and you can do whatever you want! Unless, of course, you have summer school or a summer job.
But some students like having a summer job. It’s a great opportunity to earn their own money and gain valuable work experience.
Brian and Marni talk about taking on seasonal work. Find out more in today’s English lesson about how some students spend their summer vacations.
Brian: Marni, have you ever had a summer job before?
Marni: Of course I’ve had a summer job. I’ve had a multitude of summer jobs.
Brian: One of my favorite summer jobs was actually, after taking a break from school, I’d go back and I was a painter for the school district. So I would still be at campus. But painting all of the doors, and the exteriors, and the classrooms. It was fun because I got to see my teachers and everyone who worked at the school in a totally different light.
Brian: Yeah. It totally helped me. And now I can paint walls seamlessly.
Marni: I always think of seasonal work, too. Sometimes it’s nice when the Christmas season, or the holiday season, to pick up a little extra money there, too. And think of summer that way.
Brian: As long as you don’t waste it. It’s a great way to save up money and have a savings account for later.
Marni: It’s true. Yeah. Let’s go get some summer jobs.
Marni has had many summer jobs. She’s always liked having seasonal work because it was a great way to earn extra money. Even though she did sometimes wish that she could just be lazy, in the end she liked making money.
Brian has also worked summer jobs. His favorite summer job was to help paint the buildings at his school. He learned a lot of skills and is now a great painter. He also agrees with Marni and says that seasonal work is a great way to earn money.
Have you ever had a summer job? Do you like working during your school break?
Count and Noncount Nouns
Marni says, “Of course I’ve had a summer job. I’ve had a multitude of summer jobs.” She uses a count noun.
Count nouns are nouns you can count. They are individual units, and they can be cut into parts. Some examples of count nouns include tree, house, boy, girl, country, city, or in Marni’s example, job.
Count nouns can be pluralized. We can have three trees, two girls, or many ideas. It is possible to use the articles a and an with count nouns, when there is only one of them. For example, “I met a cute boy today,” or, “That’s an interesting idea.”
Noncount nouns are nouns that can’t be counted or broken into parts. These nouns cannot be pluralized. They have no plural form. Liquids such as coffee or water, concepts such as love or peace, and collective nouns such as furniture or luggage are all examples of noncount nouns.
Noncount nouns cannot be used with the articles a or an. To show the quantity of a noncount noun, we use expressions like some, much, less, a lot of, a little of, etc. For example, “I have a lot of furniture in my house,” or, “This guidebook doesn’t include much information about French culture.”
With noncount nouns, we cannot use the expressions “a few,” “many,” “both,” “several,” “one of,” or “a couple of.”
Which is correct, “There is so much traffics today,” or, “There is so much traffic today”?