Nouns

Introduction

A person, place or thing, e.g. elephant, girl, grass, school. A collective noun is a noun that refers to a group of people or things, e.g. the police, the government. A common noun is a noun that is not the name of a particular person, place or thing, e.g. table, book. A compound noun is a combination of two or more words, which are used as a single word, e.g. a flower shop, a headache. A proper noun is the name of a person or place, e.g. Robert, London. A noun phrase is a single word or a group of words that act as the subject, object or complement in a sentence or utterance. It usually contains a noun and words occurring before or after the noun that modify it, e.g. in the sentence ???The tall shy-looking girl on the right is my sister.??? the underlined words make up noun phrases. A noun is a word which names an object or entity such as a person, thing, place, substance, quality or idea. A noun is a word describing a (real or abstract) object. A noun is a word that identifies or names a person, place, thing, action, or quality. There are two types of nouns: proper and common. Nouns function to name or label things: real things in the world (e.g. 'cat' - a concrete noun); imaginary things (e.g. 'ghost' - still called a concrete noun); things that are only ideas (e.g). 'love' - called an abstract noun); and finally, things that are individually named (e.g). A noun usually denotes a thing, place, person, quality, or action. Common nouns refer to ordinary things (mouse, tree, computer), whereas proper nouns refer to persons, specific things or specific places (Naomi, the Brooklyn Bridge, Texas. Proper nouns are generally capitalized. Nouns have two common forms: singular and plural. Singular nouns refer to one object (book), plural nouns refer to two or more objects (books). Each noun form has a corresponding possessive form that is used to refer to the properties of the object (the book's pages means the pages of the book; the books' pages means the pages of the books). Nouns also have gender which is a classification according to distinctions in sex.

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Irregular Noun

The plural form of a noun is generally formed by adding an s or es ending to the singular form. Irregular nouns do not follow this rule.

Example

maximum, maxima

Example

child, children

Vocabulary

The following table shows a list of nouns.