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The noun is the most popular part of speech. It is common yet very significant because it is the basic element of a sentence. Find out more about nouns as you go through the lesson.
See the fact file below for more information on Nouns or alternatively, you can download our 29-page Nouns worksheet pack to utilize within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
What is a Noun?
- A noun is a word that refers to or names people, places, things, ideas, emotions, or concepts.
- Nouns can function with different roles in a sentence.
- Without nouns, it is not easy to communicate the thought of a sentence.
- They are also considered the most significant part of our vocabulary.
- Nouns are essential for making sentences and building grammar.
- Nouns can also be plural or singular.
Types of Nouns
- These are the general terms of nouns.
- Unless common nouns are at the beginning of the sentence or used in a title, they are not capitalized.
- The shampoo smells so good.
- The girl is running.
- The motorcycle is parked near the hospital.
- The coffee tastes delicious.
- Issa’s cellphone is new.
- These are the specific names of nouns.
- Unlike common nouns, proper nouns are always capitalized.
|Maxine||Monday||Oxford University||Dr. Roberts|
- The British students are kind.
- Ms. Del Valle is my Science teacher.
- She drives a Sedan.
- I love McDonald’s fries.
- The girl wants to spend her birthday in Paris.
- These are nouns that can be perceived by the senses.
- The jacket is very colorful.
- Hani’s laptop broke yesterday.
- They swam in the pool.
- That ring is so expensive.
- Her eyebrows look perfect.
- These are nouns that cannot be touched and perceived by the senses.
- They may not be physically recognized, but are still significant in life.
- There’s so much passion in the employee.
- I care about the love my parents give me.
- Her memories brought her pain.
- They loved my ideas, so they supported me.
- She lost faith in the officials.
- These are nouns that can be counted.
- They usually have a singular and plural form.
- Sometimes they are accompanied by numbers or words called quantifying determiners.
- They gave calendars to their clients.
- There are four skateboards in the park.
- Several lions are sleeping in that place.
- Eight apples got rotten today.
- She gave many towels as her donation to the charity.
- These are nouns that cannot be counted and do not have plural forms.
- Some examples may include food in liquid or powdered form.
- All abstract nouns are considered mass nouns.
- White sugar tastes sweet.
- The group worked hard to achieve freedom.
- The farmers need rain.
- We lost electricity last night.
- I think the rice is not yet cooked.
- These are nouns that pertain to a group of people, animals, or things that function as a single entity.
- Collective nouns use singular verbs.
- Macy is the latest member of the choir.
- The basketball team played very well.
- The army protected the country.
- I saw a flock of birds before going home.
- Steff found where the colony of ants was.
Other examples of collective nouns:
|rumors – nest||sailor – crew||employees – staff|
|fish – school||judges – panel||swans – skein|
|cards – deck||flowers – bouquet||rabbits – fluffle|
|apples – bushel||kitten – kindle||elephants – herd|
|bananas – comb||wood – stack||monkeys – troop|
- Some nouns are not just limited to one collective noun.
- herd of goats / trip of goats / tribe of goats
- swarm of bees / hive of bees/ bike of bees
- Some nouns can also use the same collective noun.
- pack of dogs / pack of coyotes
- flock of birds / flock of sheep
- Compound nouns are composed of two or more words to form a single word with one meaning.
- Some compound nouns are hyphenated.
|toothpaste||post office||band aid||lower class|
- Gary’s housekeeper is so diligent.
- I bought that bookmark from the bookstore.
- Stacy loved the music box that was given to her.
- The father-in-law wore an expensive suit at the wedding.
- My favorite place in our house is the dining room.
Roles of Nouns
- There are different functions of nouns.
- Here are some of them and examples:
- It performs the action in the sentence.
- It says what the sentence is all about.
- Sandara Park is a very famous artist.
- The sun is shining brightly today.
DIRECT OBJECT OF A VERB
- It is usually found before the verb.
- It is the receiver of the action.
- Mr. Zo cooked beef stew last night.
- The coach hit the ball by mistake.
INDIRECT OBJECT OF A VERB
- It is the receiver of the direct object.
- Terry gave Mae a basket of fruit.
- The teacher taught the students an important lesson today.
- It describes the subject and is usually placed after the linking verb.
- My aunt is a social worker.
- The man across the street is my brother.
- It renames or describes the direct object.
- It is usually placed after the direct object.
- Gela named her cat Fifi.
- Vic appointed Sherry the new CEO.
- It is used to describe a noun further on in the sentence.
- It is found next to another noun and can be easily identified through the presence of a comma.
- My cousin, Gertrude, is a college student.
- Let’s meet Greg’s new business partner, Tracy.
- Here is an example of a story containing nouns.
- The nouns are already underlined.
- Read and study the narrative.
Marilyn’s First Day At School
Today is Marilyn’s first day at school. She is nervous but excited. Marilyn woke up early, ate her cereal for breakfast, and brushed her teeth. Along her way, she saw two puppies. Marilyn is very fond of dogs. She gladly smiled at them and waved goodbye. She reached her classroom and sat on her chosen chair. The bell rang and her teacher, Ms. Richards, entered the classroom. Marilyn was called and introduced herself in front of her classmates. Everyone applauded Marilyn during her introduction. Everything about her day was fun. She went home and exchanged stories with her parents and siblings. Marilyn slept happily and was excited for the next day.
This is a fantastic bundle that includes everything you need to know about Nouns across 29 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use worksheets that are perfect for teaching about Nouns which are the most popular part of speech and very significant because it is the basic element of a sentence.
Complete List of Included Worksheets
Below is a list of all the worksheets included in this document.
- Nouns Facts
- All About Nouns
- Types of Nouns
- Noun Hunting
- Give Me the Name
- Flower Noun
- Odd One Out
- Compound Nouns
- Noun Market
- Functions of a Noun
- Act the Role
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Noun?
A noun is a word that refers to or names people, places, things, ideas, emotions, or concepts.
What is a Common Noun?
A common noun is a general term for nouns, like when the term “boy” is used instead of his actual name.
What are Proper Nouns?
Proper nouns are specific names of nouns, like when we say “Tuesday” instead of just “day.”
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