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What is a Noun?

Updated on August 18, 2013

A noun is a naming word, it is the name of a person, animal, place, thing or feeling. All names are nouns. In other words a noun is a word used to name a person, a place or thing.

Nouns can be singular, one or plural more than one. Nouns have different ways of changing to the plural form.

How many nouns can you name in the pictures above?  Write your answers in the comment box below.... Have fun .....
How many nouns can you name in the pictures above? Write your answers in the comment box below.... Have fun .....

Types of Nouns

Nouns can be divided into four groups or types.

1. Common Nouns - are names common to all people or things of the same kind. They do not begin with a capital letters.

Examples : woman, boy, month, tree, cat, girl, river, table

2. Proper Nouns - names a particular person, place or thing. They always begin with a capital letter.

Examples : Saturday, Jason, Australia, London, Maria, St. Peter

3. Collective Nouns - These are the names given to group of people or things. They do not begin with capital letters.

Examples : team, pack, group, crowd, audience, family

4. Abstract Nouns - name feelings and ideas. These are the names given to things we cannot actually see or touch - usually a quality, idea, state or condition. We can see the result but not the thing that is named.

Examples: pain, freedom, joy, sorrow, beauty, wealth, honesty, kindness

Gender of Nouns

There are four gender of nouns:

1. Feminine - are nouns representing female.

Examples: girl, aunt, sister, mare, lady, madam, wife princess

2. Masculine - are nouns representing male.

Examples: boy, uncle, brother, stallion, sir, husband, prince

3. Common - are nouns that are either female or male.

Examples : children, cousin, child, baby, parent, teacher

4. Neuter - are nouns for inanimate objects.

Examples: bottle, tree, road, grass, umbrella, house

Here are 2 Youtube video clips about nouns, a fun way to learn more about nouns through songs. I am sure you will enjoy this video clip.

Noun Song


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      Kamorudeen fatimoh oyeyemi 6 years ago

      I luv the way u present ur things.

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      Niniola abdul bazeet 6 years ago

      Now i have found the best example of noun

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      murtala 6 years ago

      ahh!thanks alot

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      Muhammad xahraddeen(z deen) 6 years ago

      Thanks alot,i pass my exams with flying colours.

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      Rachael 6 years ago

      Thanks,i've learned alot.

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      Robert Bolay 2 6 years ago

      Thanks for these informations, it was very useful.

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      riley 6 years ago

      a noun is a naming word

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      Jibril 6 years ago

      I appreciate what you people are doing.keep it up.

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      incognito 7 years ago

      thank you for putting it so simple for all us slow learners

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      Thank yu sooooo much! All I needed was a simple yet informative website! Finally! Thanks to thi website my work was completed efficiently and was full of information!:) By the way, I love the songs! especially'Grammar rock nouns'

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      sharee  8 years ago

      It was simple yet informative. TAHNKS

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      Gerardo  8 years ago

      I found the best examples that helped me to understand nouns better. Thank you so much God bless you all

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      Nonna 8 years ago

      found this so useful - thank you!

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      lollypop3 8 years ago

      i luv the website thenks

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      Béla Mongyi 8 years ago

      Great hub about nouns. Thanks.

      I also heard that there are nouns called nominalizations. They are process verbs frozen in time. An example would be relate and relationship like in the sentences:

      My sister and I have a great relationship. My sister and I relate to each other very well.