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Nouns

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Nouns

  1. 1. Nouns FROM THE WRITING CENTER @ THE A.R.C.
  2. 2. 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).
  3. 3. 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 them.  Ex: The fly flew in the house (“in” is the preposition in this case, and the house is the noun that complements the preposition).
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Plural Nouns 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 the noun.
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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?)
  8. 8. Conclusion  Nouns can be used in various ways to provide one of the most important aspects of a sentence.  Without nouns, sentences would leave your audience, reader or listener, clueless.  Nouns can be plural, but watch out for certain special instances!

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