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Types of Nouns

In the English language, nouns are extremely vital to address a name, place, or thing. It’s difficult to express yourself without employing a noun in your sentence especially when we have different types of nouns.

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Nouns have been divided into several categories. It is often useful to know what is the type of that noun since different types have different rules. This makes it easier for you to use them correctly in your vocabulary teaching.

Common Nouns

The majority of nouns are common nouns. People, places, and things in general, such as chairs or dogs, are examples of common nouns. A common noun is any noun that is not a name.

Proper Nouns

Proper nouns are names of individuals, places, or organizations. Your name or a place like London can be called a proper noun. The term “United Nations” is a proper noun.

Abstract Nouns

Concrete nouns are the polar opposite of abstract nouns. They are items that cannot be touched. Ideas, concepts, and sentiments are examples of abstract nouns.

Examples: happiness, courage, danger, truth

Countable Nouns

These types of nouns can be counted. They have singular and plural forms.

Examples: ball, boy, cat, person

  •     I have only five hundred rupees.
  •     The Earth was formed around 4.6 billion years ago.
  •     There are lots of people but we don’t have a car.

Uncountable Nouns

You cannot count uncountable nouns. You need to use “measure words” to quantify them. We never use uncountable nouns with the indefinite article (a/an). Uncountable nouns are always singular.

Examples: water, happiness, cheese

Collective Nouns

A collective noun denotes a group of individuals.

Examples: class (group of students), pride (group of lions), crew (group of sailors)

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