What is a Noun?
A noun is not just a person, place or thing. It is actually the word that DEFINES a
person, place or thing.
Example: Susan, New York, banana
In a sentence, these can be used together.
Example: Susan ate a banana in New York. (Susan (the subject) ate (verb) the banana
(noun) in New York (noun).
Why Do We Even Need Them?
Nouns provide not only a subject to a sentence, but also receive an action from a verb.
Ex: Nora kicked the table (Nora is the subject, and the action would be the kick to the table)
They can even follow behind a preposition (words like “on,” “in,” “after,” etc.) to complement
Ex: The fly flew in the house (“in” is the preposition in this case, and the house is the noun that
complements the preposition).
Examples of Properly Used Nouns
She likes to talk with the poor.
He is taking care of the blind.
The boy loves his teddy bear.
The tree was very tall.
The city was loud and crowded.
To make a noun plural, simply add an “s” to the end of the noun.
Dog -> Dogs, or Cat -> Cats, but Fish -/> Fishes.
Exception: There are a few words in English that do not work the same way.
Plural of Sheep is not Sheeps. Instead Sheep is left in the same form “Sheep.”
In these cases, the reader must determine the surrounding context to understand the plurality of
Common Mistakes Using Nouns
Using a plural when you should not is a common error
Example: She likes to talk with the poors
Another: He is taking care of the blinds
In these sentences, “poors” and “blinds” are the incorrect forms of “poor” and “blind.” In these
cases, the plural does not use an “s” on the end of the word.
Example: Goose plural is Geese, not Gooses
In a World Without Nouns...
Without nouns, sentences would lack a subject and confuse your reader or listener as to “who”
and “what” you are referring to.
_____ went to play. (WHO?)
Johnny said that ____ is the best state ever (WHERE? WHAT?)
_____ has ____ and it is too dangerous to take into ____ (WHO? WHAT? WHERE?)
Nouns can be used in various ways to provide one of the most important aspects of a
Without nouns, sentences would leave your audience, reader or listener, clueless.
Nouns can be plural, but watch out for certain special instances!