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7 Types of Noun Used in English Language with Examples

The most familiar definition of noun to us in English language is that noun is the name of a person place animal or thing such as; John, London, cat or table. In fact, we have memorized and followed this definition religiously when we were kids. However, now that we are grownups we come across several other complex definitions of noun. For instance; noun is a word that refers to a person, place, animal, thing, concept, event or substance. Note that in this extended and modified version of the definition we didn’t use the phrase “name of” which is why its boundary exceeded and its scope widened. Now that we have broaden your perspective of a noun we intend introduce you to the different types of noun.

Nouns aren’t as simple as we assumed them to be, there are different types of noun such as; common noun, proper noun, collective noun, abstract noun etc. Then there are nouns that are countable and uncountable. We will go deep down in the details of these types and provide examples so that you can easily understand the purpose of each one.

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Common Noun in English Language:

Common noun is a word that refers to a generalized word for a person, place, animal or thing. For instance; “dog”, “professor”, “city”, note that these words doesn’t identify a specific person, place, animal or thing. It could be any dog, any professor or any city these words are referring to. In addition, determiners often tag along with these words most likely articles. Some more examples of common noun are “tree”, “bird”, and “farmer”.

Proper Noun in English Language:

Proper noun is a word that refers to a specific word usually names of person, place, animal, thing, concept, event or substance. For instance Bruno the dog, Mr. John the professor London the city, note that these words or names specify the exact person, place, animal or thing and the reader can instantly think of that one. To be precise, when someone tells you that boy talks a lot you will instantly ask which one? But if we say John talks a lot you absolutely know who John is.

 Collective Noun in English Language:

Collective noun is a word that refers to a group of person, place, animal, things, substances, events or concepts. For instance; a bundle of books, a fleet of ships, a flock of birds, a bunch of grapes, we can easily assume that the words “bundle”, fleet”, “flock” and “bunch” refer to a collection of a number of things altogether. Apart from the basic learning these definitions can also help you prepare for your IELTS Examination.

Concrete Noun in English Language:

Concrete noun is a word used for thing that can be perceived by the five senses, every tangible thing that can be heard, seen, touched, tasted or smelled in the world is considered a concrete noun. For instance; table, chair, apple, rabbit, ear etc. Concrete noun is the complete opposite of abstract noun which we will discuss in detail in the next section,

Abstract Noun in English Language:

Abstract noun is a word used for feelings that cannot be perceived by the five senses, every intangible thing that cannot be heard, seen, touched, tasted or smelled in the world is considered abstract noun. For instance; social concepts, political theories, and character traits such as; “anger” which refers to an emotion or a feeling that can only be felt or “courage” which is a character trait a person has. Some more examples of abstract noun include; “love”, “creativity”, “democracy” etc.

Compound Noun in English Language:

Compound nouns are the words formed by combining two words at a time. For instance; dry-cleaning, toothpaste, haircut, ice cream, potato chips etc. it can be clearly witnessed that these words make complete sense even if we break them down like ice and cream, tooth and paste, dry and cleaning, potato and chips.

Countable and Uncountable Noun in English Language:

As the name suggests countable nouns and easily be counted for instance; table chair, lion, men etc. whereas uncountable nouns cannot be counted such as; salt, seafood, luggage, advice.

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