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A noun is a word that names a person, a place or a thing.

Examples:

Sarah, lady, cat, New York, Canada, room, school, football, reading.

Example sentences:

(1) People like to go to the beach.

(2) Emma passed the test.

(3) My parents are traveling to Japan next month.

The word “noun” comes from the Latin word nomen, which means “name,” and nouns are indeed how we name people, places and things.

 

Types of Nouns

(1) Abstract Nouns:

An abstract noun is a noun that names an idea, not a physical thing.

Examples: Hope, interest, love, peace, ability, success, knowledge, trouble.

(2)Concrete Nouns:                                                                                                                                                     A concrete noun is a noun that names a physical thing.

Examples: Boy, table, floor, coffee, beach, king, rain, children, professor.

(3) Common Nouns:

A common noun is a noun that names a general thing, not a specific thing.

Examples: Boy, girl, city, country, company, planet, location, war.

(4) Proper Nouns:

A proper noun is a noun that indicates the specific name of a thing. It begins with a capital letter.

Examples: Robin, Alice, London, Sweden, Google, Earth, Eiffel Tower, Civil War.

(5) Countable Nouns:

A countable noun is a noun that indicates something you could actually count.

For example, you could count pigs: one pig, two pigs, three pigs… However, you couldn’t count water:  one water, two water – no, it doesn’t work… A countable noun has both a singular and a plural form, and it can be used with the indefinite articles (a/an).

Examples: Window, teacher, tree, lion, eye, cloud, pencil, heart, movie.

(6) Uncountable Nouns:

An uncountable noun is a noun that indicates something you cannot count.

For example, you could count pigs: one pig, two pigs, three pigs… However, you couldn’t count water:  one water, two water – no, it doesn’t work…

An uncountable noun has only one form (no plural), and it cannot be used with the indefinite articles (a/an) .

Examples: Furniture, advice, mail, news, equipment, luggage, work, coffee, information.

 

See also

Part of speech

ESSAY WRITING: INFORMAL LETTER

COMPREHENSION AND WRITING SKILLS

ADJECTIVE AND ADJECTIVAL PHRASE

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