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Is it correct to say:

The only furniture that I have is a bed

Or I have to put some sort of modifier before it? For example:

The only piece of furniture that I have is a bed.

  • Yup, for uncountables, like information or luggage, you have to use a modifier like a piece of. – Teleporting Goat Dec 20 '18 at 10:39
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The latter option is correct.

The only piece of furniture that I have is a bed.

Your former sentence is not wrong in some situations,though.

The only bed that I have is white

I will be honest, I speak English as my first language, and this kind of thing is confusing even to me.

In my experience, if it is a defined group, rather than specific object, like furniture, rather than a bed, then it's not preceded by "a piece of".

it also depends on how it is used. If it is used singularly, like "a" piece, then it includes "piece of". If is not one piece of furniture, like:

I have furniture in my house

then it does not need "piece of" preceding furniture
Any questions?

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  • It's confusing that furniture is an uncountable, because most of the time it's really easy to count. It really doesn't need to be uncountable, unlike sugar for example. But other than that, it behaves normally for an uncountable. – Teleporting Goat Dec 20 '18 at 10:44
  • yes, actually. i did not know the term for that. – CHARLES LEGATES Dec 21 '18 at 1:31

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