Noun is a word used to name a person, animal, place, thing, and abstract ideas.
Classes of Nouns
Common Noun is a noun referring to a person, place, or thing in a general sense— usually you should write it with a capital letter only when it begins a sentence.
Proper Noun is always starts with capital letter, since the noun represents the name of a specific person, place, thing or idea.
Abstract Noun – name ideas, qualities, or feelings that cannot be seen or touched.
- When Patrick dived into the violent water to rescue a drowning puppy, his bravery amazed the crowd of fishermen standing on the dock.
Concrete Noun is a noun which names anything (or anyone) that can be perceived through the physical senses: touch, sight, taste, hearing, or smell.
- Karl cuddled the wet puppy under his warm jacket.
Compound Nouns are nouns that are made up of two or more words.
- book + mark = bookmark (one word)
- great-grandmother (hyphenated)
- maid of honor (more than 1 word)
Collective Noun is a noun naming a group of things, animals, or persons. It is important to remember that a collective noun usually takes a singular verb.
Count Noun is a noun with both a singular and a plural form, and it names anything (or anyone) that can be counted.
- You may need an umbrella.
Mass Noun is a noun which does not have a plural form, and which refers to something that could (or would) not usually count.
- Joseph Priestly discovered oxygen.
Forms of Nouns
Singular Nouns – refers to one object.
- dog, chair, table, flower, apple
Plural Nouns – refers to two or more objects.
- dogs, chairs, tables, flowers, apples
Masculine – refers to persons or animals of male sex.
- man, father, uncle, lad, king, groom, actor, gander
Feminine – refers to person or animals of female sex.
- woman, mother, auntie, lass, queen, bride, actress, goose
Neuter – refers to objects with no sex.
- tree, table, watch, car, slipper
Common – refers to nouns that are either male of female.
- cousin, teenager, doctor, cook, parent, friend, colleague
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