ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Know Your Noun From Your Verb – A Basic Grammar Lesson

Updated on June 10, 2011

It's something that we learnt at school and in most cases promptly forgot, unless we went on to study English in more depth, or learn a modern foreign language, but English grammar plays a part in our lives everyday. We do it naturally, but we all know how to conjugate verbs, and when to substitute a noun for a pronoun, even though we might not know the terms. If you're reading this shaking your head, convinced that you don't know what this is talking about, this is a brief refresher of basic grammar.

A noun is a naming word. It's the title of any item you can think of, e.g. screen, laptop, table, salt. Every sentence needs a noun in one way or another, and can include more.

A proper noun is a real name, e.g. Africa, Louise, Coronation Street.

A pronoun replaces a noun in a sentence. You wouldn't say - “I got home and took off my shoes. I cleaned my shoes and then put my shoes on the bottom stair so the next morning I could access my shoes quickly.” You would replace shoes with the word them. Other nouns can be replaced with I, you, he, she, it, they or them, depending on the context.

A verb is a doing word. Any word that you put “to” in front of is a noun, e.g. to run, to cry, to speak, to dedicate. These are conjugated depending on who it is doing the action, but in practice they remain the same in most cases, with the only difference is with the third person singular, where the verb gets an -s added to it – he runs, she speaks, etc.

An adverb is a describing word which describes a verb. You do something in a way which usually ends in -ly. So you run quickly, cry softly, speak confidently.

Whilst an adjective is a describing word to describe a noun. The pretty flowers, the sturdy table, the cleaned shoes.

Lastly, a preposition is a linking word. It describes what the noun is doing in relation to the verb, e.g. at, on, with, against.

A sentence needs a minimum of a subject and a predicate, so a noun and a verb – e.g. I am running. My mother cries. Whereas here are a couple of examples of non sentences: Cries softly – no subject (noun). My favourite shoes – no verb.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • justmesuzanne profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Nice, basic review! Voted up and useful! :)

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Very nice. Keep educating people about the basics of the language.

    • sunitibahl9 profile image


      9 years ago from India

      good one


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)