Parts of Speech: Noun
Definition of Noun
A noun is the part of speech that refers to name of a person, place, animal, thing or idea.
Examples of nouns include boy, Nigeria, bag, kindness and elephant. In sentences, nouns generally function as subjects or as objects.
Types of Nouns
There are different types of nouns.
- Common Nouns – used to refer to people, places or things that are not specific. E.g. Car, Country
- Proper Nouns – used to refer to a specific person, place or thing. E.g. Ola, Lagos, Aso Rock
- Abstract Nouns – used to refer to nouns that you can’t perceive with your senses. E.g. Happiness, Fear, Communication
- Concrete Nouns – these are nouns that you can perceive with your sense. E.g. Phone, Pen, Light
- Countable Nouns – they are nouns that you can count. E.g. Book, Chair, Goat
- Uncountable Nouns – they are nouns that you can’t count. E.g. Water, Milk, Dust
- Compound Nouns – These are formed by two or more words. E.g. Mother-in-law, Sunlight
- Collective Nouns – Used to refer to a group of things or people as a unit. E.g. Family, Assembly, Bunch
- Possessive Nouns – used to show ownership. E.g. Tope’s cap
- Singular Nouns – Used to refer to one person, place, animal, thing or idea. E.g. Laptop, book, Baby
- Plural Nouns – used to refer to more than one person, place, animal, thing or idea. E.g. Laptops, Books, Babies