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NOUNS : What is a Noun? : Abstract Nouns : Collective Nouns : Case Nouns : Possessive Nouns : Common Nouns : Gender Nouns : Plural of Compound Nouns : Proper Nouns

What is a Noun?
Proper Nouns and Common Nouns

What is a Noun? A noun is the name of a person, place or thing.

EX.— Tree, boy, war, North, South, East, West, Europe, apple, herd, Jessica, sweetness, paper, etc.

A Pronoun is a word used in the place of a noun.

EX.—He, she, him, her, it, who, whom, they, theirs, etc.

*** In this section of LousyWriter.com, we will only focus on the noun.

English grammar divides all nouns into two great classes: Proper nouns and Common nouns.

A Proper noun is a name that belongs to some particular person, place or thing:

EX.— Lincoln, New York, August, Monday, etc.

Sometimes a proper noun contains several words. When it does, we regard it as a single noun.

EX.— James Lane Allen; Tales of the Crypt; The Straits of Mackinac.

We use a common noun as the name of a class.

EX.— girl, holiday, town, month, sheep, corn, tree, etc.

Nouns Indicating Number

All nouns, with the exception of abstract nouns, may be either singular or plural.

A singular noun refers to one; a plural noun refers to more than one.

A word that refers to one is called a Singular Number; more than one is called a Plural Number.

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NOUNS : What is a Noun? : Abstract Nouns : Collective Nouns : Case Nouns : Possessive Nouns : Common Nouns : Gender Nouns : Plural of Compound Nouns : Proper Nouns