N O U N S

Nouns name a person, place, thing or state of being.

Abstract

    Abstract nouns cannot be sensed. In other words they show states of people. Words like freedom, happiness, anxiety and honesty are abstract nouns.

Collective

    Collective nouns name a group of persons or objects. Family, group, team and choir are all collective nouns.

Common

    Common nouns are names and are not capitalized unless at the beginning of a sentence. University, school, course and book are common nouns.

Concrete

    Concrete nouns name tangible things that can be touched, heard, tasted, smelled or seen. Computers, alarms, bananas, perfume and birds are concrete nouns.

Plural

    Plural nouns are used to refer to two or more items. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, patients and pills are plural nouns.

Possessive

    Possessive nouns are used to define ownership. The child's toys were kept in a box. The birds' nests were made of twigs and lined with mud.

Proper

    Proper nouns are names of specific places, persons or things and are capitalized. Examples of proper nouns would be "The Eiffel Tower is in Paris, France."