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The Noun


The Noun

The Noun

What Is a Noun?

A noun names a person, a place, a thing, or an idea.


carpenter, tourists, team, cousins, Faith Ringgold


cities, theater, forest, neighborhood, Santa Fe


merry-go-round, bricks, birds, horseshoe, Liberty Bell


justice, creativity, self-control, opinions, Buddhism

Common Nouns and Proper Nouns

A common noun names any one of a group of persons, places, things, or ideas. 
A proper noun names a particular person, place, thing, or idea. 
A common noun is not capitalized (except when it begins a sentence or is part of a title); a proper noun, however, is capitalized.

Common Nouns

Proper Nouns


Queen Isabella, Wilma Mankiller, Judith Baca


Egypt, Mexico, Vietnam, New Zealand


Pan American Games, French Revolution, Academy Awards, Boston Tea Party


Patriot’s Day; Fourth of July; Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; Mardi Gras


Hebrew, Spanish, Bantu, Thai, Latin

Concrete Nouns and Abstract Nouns 

A concrete noun names a person, place, or thing that can be perceived by one or more of the senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell). 
An abstract noun names an idea, a feeling, a quality, or a characteristic.

Concrete Nouns

sneeze, star, gravel, cinnamon, jack-o’-lantern, Beijing, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sammy Sosa

Abstract Nouns

peace, civilization, honor, courage, citizenship, Victorianism, Manifest Destiny

Collective Nouns 

A collective noun names a group, which is like a collection of people or things.
The singular form of a collective noun names a group.

Collective Nouns

jury, band, family, class, flock, committee

 Compound Nouns

A compound noun consists of two or more words that together name a person, a place, a thing, or an idea. The parts of a compound noun may be written as one word, as separate words, or as a hyphenated word.

One Word

stairway, bookcase, toenail, Newfoundland

Separate Words

lieutenant governor, ceiling fan, blue jay, Golden Gate Bridge

Hyphenated Word

sister-in-law, jack-of-all-trades, great-uncle, stick-in-the-mud

The Noun Worksheet 1

Identify the nouns in each of the following sentences, and classify each noun as proper or common and as concrete or abstract.

1. In one afternoon the crew repaired eleven helicopters. 
2. Amalia Mesa-Bains and Michael Ríos are among the many Hispanic artists who launched their careers in San Francisco. 
3. In Japan many homes have a place of honor in which the family displays a favorite scroll or a vase of flowers. 
4. We purchased tomatoes, lettuce, and corn grown by local farmers. 
5. Congress debated the merits of the bill but could not reach a consensus. 
6. My goal is to visit every state in the United States. 
7. Our family drove from our home in Kansas City to Chicago in our new van. 
8. Her excellent record as treasurer convinced a majority of the students to vote for her for president.
9. Blunt honesty, quick wit, and fierce loyalty all characterize the protagonist of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 
10. The crowd roared as Chip sank the winning basket for the Falcons just before time ran out.

The Noun Worksheet 2

Identify the compound nouns and collective nouns in the following sentences. Then, classify each as common or proper and as concrete or abstract.

1. Did you do a double take when you saw this picture?
2. The juxtaposition of Egyptian landmarks with a seashore and a sign in Japanese writing is certainly an eye-opener. 
3. Actually, the Sphinx and the pyramid are sand sculptures that a team of students from a high school in Japan built for the Kamakura Beach Carnival at Zaimokuza Beach. 
4. Do you suppose the committee that judged the sculptures awarded the students’ undertakings a prize? 5. The sightseers in front of the pyramid took a number of snapshots as keepsakes of the carnival. 
6. Unlike the original Sphinx and Great Pyramid, which have stood for 4500 years, these sculptures will disappear with the first heavy rainstorm. 
7. While the artists may use a variety of tools to carve and shape their creations, the final artwork consists of only two ingredients—sand and water. 
8. Artists from around the world meet on beaches to see who can sculpt the most intricate and entertaining artwork made of sand. 
9. Often, these sculptures illustrate stories or books, such as “Jack and the Beanstalk” and Gulliver’s Travels. 
10. One group built a sand castle that was over fifty-six feet tall.

Mr. ‏El-Sayed Ramadan ‎ ‎


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