Nouns Made Simple – Quick Grammar


Confused about your nouns? Here’s a quick list to keep you on track:

Nouns – The Naming Words?

That’s the usual view held about nouns, but it’s actually more complex than that. Here are  some of the different types of nouns:

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  • Common nouns – Table, chair, window, cat etc
  • Pronouns – He/she/it/they. Often used instead of repeating the name of a character every time.

Abstract vs Concrete:

  1. Concrete nouns are usually things that you are able to see, hear, touch. Remember the word concrete as representing something solid. So does a concrete noun. E.g. TV, lampshade, car, train, DVD
  2. Abstract nouns are the opposite and represent things that aren’t tangible, like emotions, qualities or concepts. E.g. Spirituality, creativity, love, hate, faith, sadness, happiness.

Count nouns / Non-count nouns (Sometimes called Mass Nouns) / Collective nouns :

  1. Count nouns are just as the name suggests, nouns that you can count. These can be singular or plural. E.g. Banana, bandanas, five wolves, seven people.
  2. Non-count nouns, therefore, are the opposite. They can’t be counted or referred to in plurals. E.g. laughter. You can’t have three laughters can you now?
  3. Collective nouns refer to a group. E.g. Herd, pride of lions, a school of fish.

 Note: Some count nouns are known as irregular nouns as they either change when plural, like man and men (instead of mans) or don’t change when plural like sheep (instead of sheeps).

Animate vs Inanimate Nouns – This one is easy to remember.

  1. Animate nouns are alive, e.g. dog, cat, person, man, woman, child.
  2. Inanimate nouns aren’t alive, e.g carpet, bed, cupboard, bucket.

  For more info on nouns there’s a great webpage here that’s useful.

That’s the usual view held about nouns, but it’s actually more complex than that. Here are some of the different types of nouns:

1. Proper nouns – Names. Yes it’s that simple. New York, RnB, Grace Kelly, William, Smith, Superman etc

2. Common nouns – Table, chair, window, cat etc

3. Pronouns – He/she/it/they. Often used instead of repeating the name of a character every time.


Abstract vs Concrete:

1. Concrete nouns are usually things that you are able to see, hear, touch. Remember the word concrete as representing something solid. So does a concrete noun. E.g. TV, lampshade, car, train, DVD

2. Abstract nouns are the opposite and represent things that aren’t tangible, like emotions, qualities or concepts. E.g. Spirituality, creativity, love, hate, faith, sadness, happiness.


Count nouns / Non-count nouns (Sometimes called Mass Nouns) / Collective nouns :

1. Count nouns are just as the name suggests, nouns that you can count. These can be singular or plural. E.g. Banana, bandanas, five wolves, seven people.

2. Non-count nouns therefore, are the opposite. They can’t be counted or referred to in plurals. E.g. laughter. You can’t have three laughters can you now?

3. Collective nouns refer to a group. E.g. Herd, pride of lions, a school of fish.

Note: Some count nouns are known as irregular nouns as they either change when plural, like man and men (instead of mans) or don’t change when plural like sheep (instead of sheeps).

Animate vs Inanimate Nouns This one is easy to remember.

1. Animate nouns are alive, e.g. dog, cat, person, man, woman, child.

2. Inanimate nouns aren’t alive, e.g carpet, bed, cupboard, bucket.

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