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What is a noun?

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.

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, mother, 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:
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

Lean more about nouns through this video clip.    


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