“Poetry is all nouns and verbs”
What is a noun?
A noun is a word used to name a person, animal,
place, thing, and abstract idea. Nouns are usually
the first words which small children learn.
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Nouns a person
an animal a place
a thing an idea
• Singular and plural nouns
Plural nouns: Refer to two or more things
babies dogs flowers
Singular nouns: Refer to one thing.
a baby a dog a flower
• Concrete and abstract nouns
Abstract nouns: Something you can not perceive through any
of your five senses.
Concrete nouns: Something you can perceive with your five
senses (see, touch, taste, hear or smell).
• Collective nouns
Name a group of people or thing. This class of nouns
denotes a group of people, animals, objects, or
concepts or ideas as a single entity.
• Compound nouns
Made up of two or more words acting as a single unit.
1. Separate words: coffee table
2. Hyphenated words: editor-in-chief
3. Combined words: battlefield
• Common nouns and Proper nouns
– A common noun names any type of noun (person,
animal, place, thing, idea).
– A proper noun names an specific person, place or thing.
This is a dog. A dog is a common noun.
This is also an specific dog. His name is Homer. Homer is a
proper noun because is the particular name of this dog. A
proper noun always begins with a capital letter.
• Count nouns and Noncount nouns
– Count nouns: Nouns that we can count (one pencil, two
pencils, three pencils). They can be singular or plural (a book,
– Noncount nouns: Nouns that we can not count. They have no
plural. Example: bread, cheese, ice-cream, yogurt.
Put a or an before singular nouns. Do not use the articles a or an with noncount nouns.
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