What is a noun?
A noun is the name of a thing, such as an object, a place, or a person.
Nouns are often described as naming words.
There are different types of nouns, such as: concrete, abstract, proper and collective.
Types of nouns
Common nouns refer to an object, person or place. Examples include, table, teacher, school.
Common nouns can be divided into concrete or abstract nouns:
Concrete nouns are physical things that you can see, touch, taste, hear or smell. In other words, they can be experienced through the five senses. Things like sweets, television, cardboard, sunshine, candle, piano.
Abstract nouns are things that don't have a physical form, but are still things. Abstract nouns might be concepts, ideas, or emotions: knowledge, intelligence, friendship, kindness, betrayal.
Proper nouns name a specific object, person or place. They require a capital letter, because they give us the actual name of something or someone. Examples include: London, September, Wednesday, Joshua, Sarah.
Collective nouns describe a group or collection of objects, people or places: A flock of birds, an anthology of poems, a cast of actors.
A noun phrase is a group of words, often adjectives, based around a noun. 'Door' is just a noun, but 'bright red door' is a noun phrase. Other examples include: wide-spread flooding, violent storm.
Noun phrases can be useful in writing for building up extra detail or to determine the tone of a story.
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