Kinds of Noun
Category : 5th Class
There are five kinds of noun. They are the following:
1. Proper Noun
2. Common Noun
3. Collective Noun
4. Material Noun
5. Abstract Noun
Definition: The name of a particular person, animal, place or thing is called proper noun.
In the sentences given above SachinTendulker is the name of a particular cricketer, BMW is the name of a particular car, America is the name of a particular country and the Geeta is the name of a particular book. Car, country, boy are nouns; and SachinTendulker, BMW, America and the Geeta are Proper Noun.
Definition: The name shared in common by every person, place or thing of the same kind is called a Common Noun. Common nouns are those that name things in general and do not refer to anything in particular.
In the sentences given above doctor indicates a class of person, monkey indicates a class of animals, students indicate a class of person and garden indicates a class of place. So these are Common Noun.
The following is the list of common nouns:
Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom
Front room Backyard Front yard
Church Grocery Store Mall
Parade Amusement Park Restaurant
Tools Car Library
Ocean Forest Closet
Toys Zoo Countries
Doctor's Office Veterinarian Sports
Buildings Castle Museums
Music Store Pirates Farm
Song Cow Crop
Brother Grandfather Father
Sister Student Grandmother
Book Poem Day
Doll Tree Cap
Decimal Degree Design
Dictionary Teacher Doctor
Dog Dollar Door
Chair Engineer Accountant
Dress Son Daughter
Duck Table Uncle
Fruit Aunty Elephant
Tiger Lion Flower
Cat College Enemy
Definition: A collective noun is the name of a collection of persons or things taken together and spoken of as one whole. For example: class, army, team, etc.
The word class, crowd and bunch are nouns. Since they are not particular names, but represent a group, they appear to be common nouns. But they are slightly different from the or dinary common noun.
The word class stands for a collection of players.
The word crowd stands for a collection of people.
The word bunch stands for a collection of keys.
The word class, crowd and bunch are therefore collective nouns.
See the following list of collective nouns:
ants A colony of ants
ants As warm of ants
antelope A cluster of antelope
antelope A herd of antelope
antelope A tribe of antelope
apes A troop of apes
birds A flock of birds
birds A volery of birds
bitterns A siege of bitterns
blackfish A grind of blackfish
boars A sounder of wild boars
Asses A coffle of asses
Asses A drove of asses
Asses A herd of asses
Asses A pack of asses
Auks A colony of auks
Auks A flock of auks
Auks A raft of auks
Bees A swarm of bees
Buffalo A gang or herd, of buffalo
Bullocks A drove of bullocks
Colts A rake of colts
Coots A covert of coots
Cormorants A flight of cormorants
Coyotes A pack of coyotes
Cranes A sedge of cranes
Crocodiles A bask of crocodiles
Crows A hover of crows
Ducks A raft of ducks
Ducks A safe of ducks
Ducks A skein ofducks
Ducks A sord or sore of ducks
Ducks A string of ducks
Ducks A team of ducks
Goldfish A glint of goldfish
Gorillas- A band of gorillas
Grouse A pack of grouse
Definition: The name of a thing that exists only in the form of a mass and cannot be counted is called a Material Noun. A material noun is the name of a substance which can be measured or weighed. For example, coal, bread, water, etc.
In the sentences given above milk, cloth, coffee and iron are names of substances (materials). They can be measured or weighed. These are Material Nouns.
Definition: The name given to a quality, state or action is called an Abstract Noun. An abstract noun is the name of some feeling or idea that we can only think of or feel but cannot touch or see. Abstract nouns are usually used as singular.
The words honesty, pain and length are also nouns. But they do not name any person, animal, place or thing. They are the qualities, states, ideas, which we can only think of about but cannot touch or see. These nouns are called abstract nouns.
Formation of Abstract Noun
Abstract nouns can be formed from common nouns, adjectives and verbs.
Look at the following tables
Common Nouns Abstract Nouns
Look at the following of abstract noun:
Some nouns are countable, some are uncountable. But there are some nouns used as both uncountable and countable.
See the following examples:
(i) Alisha has grey hair. Uncountable
There is a strund of hair in my plate. Countable
(ii) This statue is made of stone. Uncountable
I have a piece of stone in my hand. Countable
(iii) There is cheese in the fridge. Uncountable
There were dozens of cheeses in the fridge, Countable
(iv) Sound cannot travel in vacuum. Uncountable
Animals make different kinds of sounds. Countable
(v) Noise can make a person deaf. Uncountable
There are many kinds of noises in the forest at night. Countable
The following nouns can be used both as countable and uncountable.
Tea, coffee, shampoo, cake, land, rain, snow, abuse, fear, business, life, pain, protest, pleasure, war, success, difficult, toothpaste.
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