What is a noun?

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A noun is a part of speech that is used to denote an object, a place, an idea or an activity. It can also be the name of a person. It is something you can see or touch but also includes abstract notions like bravery, happiness and thoughts.

Countable nouns refer to things that can be counted or things that have a singular and a plural form.

Two examples of countable nouns are cat and apple. These when pluralized become cats and apples.**


Uncountable nouns usually refer to things that cannot be counted such as liquids or abstract notions such.

They usually have only a singular or a plural form and are not used with the indefinite article. **
Two examples of uncountable nouns are water and love.**

Proper nouns are names of particular people or places. **
Two examples of proper nouns are James Bond and London.**

Common nouns are general names for categories of things. **
Two examples of common nouns are book and mountain.**

Collective nouns are used to speak about groups. **
Two examples of collective nouns are a team or a pack.**

Compound nouns are nouns that are formed by using more than one root. **
Two examples of compound nouns are cupboard and seafood.**
Although English does not have the category of gender, certain nouns are gender-specific. **

Some examples of gender specific nouns in English are actor, actress, waiter, waitress, king and queen.**

In a sentence, nouns can be used as the subject or object of a verb.

Originally published on May 16th, 2019



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