Every day the busy world around you is filled with different people, places, things, and ideas. The words you use to name these people and things are called nouns.
A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea and are usually the first words a child learns.
There are different types of nouns. There are common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, abstract nouns, and collective nouns.
Common nouns name any person, place, thing, or idea. Proper nouns name a particular person, place, thing, or idea.
A proper noun always begins with a capital letter. Use the following rules as a guide for capitalizing proper nouns.
A concrete nouns names something that you can see or touch or that can be perceived by the senses. An abstract noun names something that cannot be seen or touched such as an idea, emotion, quality or condition.
Collective nouns are nouns that name groups of people or things. The main thought is that even though there are possibly various individual members within a group, you should think of the group as a whole - as one single unit. A collective noun is singular in meaning when it refers to the groups as a unit. A collective noun is plural in meaning when it refers to the individual members of the group.
When the group is acting as a unit, use a singular verb.
A noun shows number; it is either singular or plural. Singular nouns name one person, place, thing, or idea. Plural nouns name more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
We often use special forms of nouns to show who owns or possesses something. These nouns are called possessive nouns and contain an apostrophe ('). Both singular and plural nouns have possessive forms.
To form the poessesive of a singular noun, add 's.
For plural nouns ending in s, first write the plural form and then add an apostrophe.
For plural nouns that do not end in s, add an apostrophe and s.
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