What Are Nouns?


 
What are nouns?

A noun is a word for a person, place, or thing. Everything we can see or talk about is represented by a word which names it. That "naming word" is called a noun.
 

Nouns

A noun is a word for a person, place, or thing. (You might like to think of nouns as naming words.)

Everything we can see or talk about is represented by a word which names it. That "naming word" is called a noun.

Sometimes a noun will be the name for something we can touch (e.g., lion, cake, computer), and sometimes a noun will be the name for something we cannot touch (e.g., bravery, mile, joy).

Everything is represented by a word that lets us talk about it. This includes people (e.g., man, scientist), animals (e.g., dog, lizard), places (e.g., town, street), objects (e.g., vase, pencil), substances (e.g., copper, glass), qualities (e.g., heroism, sorrow), actions (e.g., swimming, dancing), and measures (e.g., inch, ounce).

Here are some more examples:

  • soldier - Alan - cousin - Frenchman   (< names for people)

  • rat - zebra - lion - aardvark (< names for animals)

  • house - London - factory - shelter   (< names for places)

  • table - frame - printer - chisel (< names for objects)

  • lead - nitrogen - water - ice (< names for substances)

  • kindness - beauty - bravery - wealth - faith (< names for qualities)

  • rowing - cooking - barking - reading - listening (< names for actions)

  • month - inch - day - pound - ounce (< names for measures)

 
Click on the nouns:



 
 

 
DIFFERENT TYPES OF NOUNS 

The noun family is quite large. See the lesson Different Types of Nouns.
 

See also:

The different types of nouns
Abstract nouns
Collective nouns
Compound nouns
Concrete nouns
Non-countable nouns (mass nouns)
Gender-specific nouns
Gerunds
Verbal nouns
Noun clauses
Noun phrases
What are adjectives?
What are adverbs?
What are conjunctions?
What are interjections?
What are prepositions?
What are verbs?
What are pronouns?
The different types of pronouns