Types of Nouns
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Lesson 352
Types of Nouns
Nouns are a part of speech that indicate people, things, objects, concepts, etc.
E.g. Peter, pen, glass, success, station, etc.

Identifying a Noun:
A noun is a part of speech that denotes a person, animal, place, thing, or idea.

1)Person – A term for a person, whether proper name, gender, title, or class, is a noun.
2)Animal – A term for an animal, whether proper name, species, gender, or class is a noun.
3)Place – A term for a place, whether proper name, physical location is a noun.
4)Thing – A term for a thing, whether it exists now, will exist, or existed in the past is a noun.
5)Idea – A term for an idea, be it a real, workable idea or a fantasy that might never come to fruition is a noun.
'There has been an increase in the number of students.' Identify all the nouns in this sentence.;
Students, number
Students, number, increase
There are no nouns in this sentence.
There are various types of nouns:

1) Proper nouns and Common nouns.
2) Abstract Nouns and Concrete Nouns.
3) Collective Nouns.

Further, each noun can be countable or uncountable.
1. Proper nouns or common nouns

Proper nouns:
i)They name specific one–of–a–kind items.
ii)They begin with capital letters, no matter where they occur in a sentence.
E.g. India, London, Peter, Lisa, Yamuna, Indian Ocean, Coca–Cola.

Common nouns:
These are words used to name general items rather than specific ones.
E.g. lamp, chair, couch, TV, window, painting, pillow, candle.
Let us look at some examples:

Common noun: I want to be an actor.
Proper noun: Amitabh Bachchan has acted in many movies.

Common noun: I’d like to adopt a dog.
Proper noun: Pluto is the cutest dog ever.

Common noun: Would you like a cookie?
Proper noun: I crave for Oreos.

Common noun: Let’s go to the city.
Proper noun: Let’s go to New York.

Common noun: I really want a new pair of jeans.
Proper noun: I really want to buy a new pair of Levis.
Identify the proper noun in the given sentence. 'When the Titanic sank, the captain went down with the ship.'
Identify the common noun in the given sentence. 'Lisa had a craving and not just any cookie would do. She went to the store and bought a box of Oreos.'
2. Abstract nouns and concrete nouns–

Abstract nouns
• These are the nouns that refer to concepts, ideas, emotions, etc.
• Abstract nouns are nouns that you cannot touch, are not made of materials, but play an important role in life.
• Abstract nouns are words that name things that are not concrete.
• Your five physical senses cannot detect an abstract noun – you can't see it, smell it, taste it, hear it, or touch it.

Here are common abstract nouns: success, depression, love, hate, anger.

Concrete Nouns
• Concrete nouns refer to things that you can touch, taste, see, etc.
• There are actual things that we interact with on a daily basis.
• Concrete nouns can be both countable and uncountable.

Here are some typical concrete nouns:
i) Countable Concrete Nouns: orange, desk, book, car, house, etc.
ii) Uncountable Concrete Nouns: rice, water, pasta, etc.
Identify the abstract noun in the given sentence. 'When Sarah jumped into the lake to rescue a drowning cat, her bravery astonished onlookers.' ;
Identify all the abstract noun(s) in the given sentence. 'Her face, which was long and dark chocolate brown, had a thin sheet of sadness over it.' ;
Face, sheet
Thin, dark, long
Chocolate brown
'He plowed the earth. ' In this sentence, 'earth' is:
A proper noun
A common noun
'Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.' How many abstract nouns are there in the given sentence? ;
3 Abstract nouns
2 Abstract nouns
4 Abstract nouns
No abstract nouns
3. Collective Nouns
• Collective nouns refer to groups of various types.
• Collective nouns are most commonly used with groups of animals.
• Collective nouns can be used in both the singular and plural, although collective nouns tend to be used in the singular.
Here are some common collective nouns referring to groups of animals: herd, litter, pack, swarm, hive.

Collective nouns are also commonly used for names of institutions and groups within institutions such as academic, business and governmental organizations.
E.g. department, firm, party, staff, team
'I think Tom should go to university to study science. ' 'University' is..
An abstract noun
A common noun
'Staff will meet at 10:30 tomorrow morning. ' 'Staff' is..;
A collective noun
An abstract noun
A proper noun
It is not a noun
'Water is essential for survival. ' 'Water' is..;
A collective noun
An abstract noun
A concrete noun
It is not a noun
Don't insult me!
Insult is ______
A common noun
A proper noun
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