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7 types of nouns: concrete, proper, collective, countable, uncountable ,compound, and abstract nouns.


7 types of nouns
7 types of nouns


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In this article you're going to study the following:

  • Identifying nouns
  • concrete or common nouns
  • proper nouns
  • collective nouns
  • abstract nouns
  • compound nouns
  • countable nouns
  • uncountable nouns


IDENTIFYING NOUNS

Nouns are the names of things, places or people. There are
7 types of nouns: concrete, proper, collective, countable, uncountable ,compound, and abstract nouns.


Looking at concrete or common nouns

A concrete noun  that can be identified through one of the five senses (taste, touch, sight, hearing, or smell). Consider the examples below:

Phone
Phone
apple
apple



key
key





Using proper nouns

A proper noun always begins with a capital letter. It is the
name of a person, a place or an institution

Bob, England, The British Museum,
Hampton Court
River Thames, and The Royal Navy.

The British Museum
The British Museum 

Discovering collective nouns

A collective noun refers to a group of objects, animals or people .
It is a singular word but most collective nouns can be
made plural. Here are a few examples

singular                                    plural
a choir                                         choirs
a herd                                          herds
a team                                       teams
  
choir
a choir 

a team
a team

a herd
a herd


 

abstract nouns

An abstract noun cannot be seen or touched(not a physical object). It can be a
feeling, a state of mind, a quality, an idea, an occasion or
a particular time. Here are some examples:


Anger, month, peace,

night, darkness, health, summer

Happiness, patience, or war.

Happiness
Happiness

Anger
Anger




Compound Noun

a noun that is made up of two or more different words, for example, "cake shop", "French fries", or "schoolteacher":

Compound nouns, like a snowflake, contain a head (-flake ) and a modifying element (snow- ).
By avoiding the need for a preposition, compound nouns can help you write more concisely: "running shoes" instead of "shoes for running".

a cake shop
a cake shop 

French fries
French fries

snowflake
snowflake

Countable noun

a noun that can be used in the singular and the plural forms. It can be counted.


Uncountable noun
a noun that can be used in the singular form only. It can not be counted. We use a singular verb. For example,
this news is very important.



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