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“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
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
• Compound nouns
Made up of two or more words acting as a
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, two books).
– Noncount nouns: Nouns that we can not count.
They have no plural. Example: bread, cheese,
Put a or an before singular nouns. Do not use the articles a or an with noncount
NOUNS ARE VERY IMPORTANT.
LET'S CONTINUE STUDYING ABOUT
THIS FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENT OF
THE ENGLISH GRAMMAR.