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Nouns

Nouns

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What are nouns?

What are nouns?

Nouns are naming words.

They name people, places and objects.

They can also name ideas, emotions, qualities and activities.

Here are some examples of nouns:

Peter, Elizabeth, driver, sister, friend.

Bristol, Severn, Brazil, pen, dog, money.

Love, beauty, industry, nature, greed, pain.

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Types of noun

Types of noun

All nouns can be divided into common and proper nouns.

Common nouns can then be divided into countable and uncountable nouns.

Both countable and uncountable nouns can then be further divided into concrete and abstract nouns.

Well look at each type in turn.

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First, look again at those types and how they relate.

First, look again at those types and how they relate.

nouns

proper

common

countable

uncountable

abstract

concrete

abstract

concrete

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Proper nouns

Proper nouns

Proper nouns start with capital letters.

They are the names of people, places, times, organisations etc.

They refer to unique individuals.

Most are not found in the dictionary.

They often occur in pairs or groups.

Here are some examples.

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Tony Blair

Tony Blair

King Henry

Bridget Jones

Christmas

China

Thames

Keynsham

Sony

Coca Cola

Macbeth

President Bush

The Jam

Coronation Street

Saturn

Carly

John

Portugal

The Ford Motor Company

Oxfam

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Common nouns

Common nouns

All nouns which are not proper nouns are common nouns.

A few examples: cup, art, paper, work, frog, bicycle, atom, family, mind.

Common nouns are either countable or uncountable.

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Countable nouns

Countable nouns

Use these tests for countable nouns:

Countable (or just count) nouns can be made plural: a tree two trees; a man men; a pony ponies.

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