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Understanding Nouns

Types of Nouns
Types of Nouns

Nouns are used more in the English language than any other part of speech. A noun refers to a person (Sherry), a thing (house), or a place (library). Nouns included under the things category of nouns include qualities, ideas and actions. Nouns are usually single words: cat, car, globe, computer, speakers, etc.

Nouns come in many forms, the most popular being the common and the proper nouns. A common noun is any place, person, or thing that is not specifically named. Such as a teacher, bank, or restaurant. On the other hand proper nouns are specific names of a person, place or thing, like Ms. Gray, Chase Bank, McDonald's.

Another popular noun type is the collective noun. Collective nouns are nouns which group people, places, or things. A group of grapes is a bunch of grapes, a group of musicians playing together are called a band of musicians, a group of birds is known as a flock of birds and so on.

We all like attributes and so do nouns. Attribute nouns modify another noun that comes after it. Here are some examples:

Potato salad

I Wonder who is bringing the potato salad to the potluck.

Chicken soup

Whenever I don’t feel well my mom makes me chicken soup.

Birthday Party

Tomorrow we are going to my best friend's birthday party.

Another noun combination is the possessive noun set. Possessive nouns are noun showing possession of the noun after it.

Sam’s computer

Ms. Johnson found Sam’s computer under the laptop cart.

Car’s trunk

Sally, did you leave your book bag in the car's trunk?

Teacher’s students

The teacher’s students made her card when she was out sick.

Fortunately, there are many activities available to help students learn and understand nouns. Get everything you need to practice nouns and improve student's literacy at your convenience with Complete Noun Activity Set.

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