You see numerous things when you look around yourself. Everything you see has a name and that name is called the noun. Nouns are simply the words that name people, places, things or ideas. There are many different types of nouns used to name people, animals, places, things, and ideas.
Types of Noun
Here, we will study types of noun so you can recognize them when you see them and use them appropriately in sentences.
Common Noun: Common nouns refer to general things. Common nouns are never capitalized unless they are not at the beginning of the sentence.
- Study in the best university.
- Let’s go to a good park.
- I have a laptop.
Proper Noun: Proper nouns are nouns that refer to specific things. Proper nouns always start with capital letters.
- He studies at University of Oxford.
- He lives in Paris.
- They go to Serena Hotel.
Concrete Noun: Concrete nouns refer to something that have real physical existence. Notice that concrete nouns can also be countable, uncountable, common, proper, and collective nouns which clarifies this for us that one npun can have more than one category so do not be confused in this situation.
- He devours an apple.
- Laptop is a helpful item.
- He has a beautiful car.
Abstract Noun: Abstract nouns refer to ideas, concepts, emotions, and other “things” you can’t physically interact with. You can’t see, taste, touch, smell, or hear something named with an abstract noun.
- Everyone loves beauty of nature.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- Childhood is the best part of life.
Collective Noun: Collective nouns is the name which is given to a group of things, people etc.
- I have a passionate team.
- We love our Army.
- Jury must be there.
Compound Noun: A compound noun contains two or more than two words which join together to form a single noun. Compound nouns can be words written together (closed form) such as softball and toothpaste, words that are hyphenated (hyphenated form) such as ice-cream and paper-clip, or separate words (open form) such as post office and upper class that go together by meaning.
- He wants six-pack therefore he exercises regularly.
- I love my mother-in-law though I still do not have :-D.
- He destroyed the mailbox.
Material nouns: Material nouns refer to materials or substances from which things are made.
- My bag is made of cotton.
- His bed is made of gold.
- Your cloth is made of cotton.
Countable Noun (Count Noun): Countable nouns are those nouns that we can count and they have both singular and plural forms. Countable nouns are also called count nouns.
- Many books are there.
- There is a pen.
- Website is necessary for learning.
Uncountable Noun (Mass Noun): Uncountable nouns are those nouns that we can not count and they have only singular forms. Uncountable nouns are also called mass nouns.
- Your intelligence is my common sense.
- We must have information about technology.
- Water is the most important thing on the earth.
Possessive Nouns: When we want to show that something belongs to somebody or something, we usually add (‘s) to a singular noun and an apostrophe to a plural noun so such kind of nouns are called possessive nouns.
- Zophia’s book is missing.
- I am called to boss’s home for dinner party.
- Mr. Sanchez’s book is with you.
- My cousins‘ cars are speedy.
Singular Noun: A singular noun names one person, place, thing or idea.
- He has a pen.
- She looks beauteous with the hat.
- Lamp helps us see the objects when it is dark.
Plural Noun: A plural noun is a noun that is more than one person, place, thing or idea.
- They want books for reading.
- Beautiful buildings are there.
- They have many baskets.
Note: A noun may belong to more than one category. For example, happiness is both a common noun and an abstract noun, while Mount Everest is both a concrete noun and a proper noun.
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