Noun

THE NOUN : KINDS OF NOUNS

A Noun is a word used as the name of a person, place, animal,or thing.

Proper Noun : 

A Proper Noun is  name of some particular person or place.
  • Proper means one's own. Hence a Proper Noun is a person 's or things's own name.
  • Proper Noun  are written with Capital Letters at the beginning.

Common Noun :

A Common Noun is a name given in common to every person or thing of the same class or kind. 

Examples: 

  • Ashoka was a wise King.
 Explanation : 
The noun Ashoka refers to a particular king, but the noun king might be applied to any other king as well as to Ashoka .
Therefore,  Ashoka is a Proper Noun while King is a Common Noun.

  • Sita is a girl .
          Sita is a Proper Noun , while girl is a Common Noun. 

  • Kolkata is a city.
         Kolkata is a Proper Noun , while city is a Common Noun.

  • India is a country.
        India is a Proper Noun , while country is a Common Noun.

 Common Noun include what are called Collective Nouns and Abstract Nouns,

Collective Noun : 

A Collective Noun is the name of a number of persons or things taken together and spoken of as one whole.
Words like Crowd, mob, team, flock,herd, army, fleet ,jury ,family, nation, parliament, committee are collective Nouns.

  • A fleet = a collection of ships or vessels.
  • An Army = a collection o f soldiers.
  • A crowd = a collection of people.

Example : 

  •  The police dispersed the crowd.
  • The French army was defeated at Waterloo.
  • The jury found the prisoner guilty.
  • A herd of cattle is passing .

Abstract Noun :  

An Abstract Noun us usually the name of a quality,action or state considered from the object to which it belongs.

  • Quality - Goodness,Kindness,whiteness,darkness, brightness,hardness,honesty,wisdom,bravery.

  • Action -  Laughter,theft, movement, judgement, hatred.

  • State -  Childhood, boyhood, youth, slavery, sleep, sickness, death, poverty.
Another classification of nouns is whether they are 'countable' or 'uncountable'.

Countable Noun :


Countable Nouns are the names of objects,people ,etc that we can count.
Example :
  • Book, Pen, Apple, Boy, Sister, Doctor, Horse.

Uncountable Noun : 

Uncountable noun are the names of things which we cannot count.
Example:
  • milk ,oil, sugar, gold, honesty, etc.
  • We can say books (countable), but we can't say milks. We can say it Milk.(uncountable)
 
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