Since grammar is what guides us to read correctly; write correctly and speak correctly, we should learn it by heart. And, taking this point into our consideration, we are publishing this post about “Noun and its types with example” in “Basic English Grammar Lessons” to help English learners and ESL teachers.

Definition of Noun

A noun is a word used as the name of a person, place, thing, quality, action, or state.

For examples:

David. Delhi, Television, Bravery, Laughter, and Poverty.

Types of Nouns

In general, there are five types of nouns.

  1. Proper Noun
  2. Common Noun
  3. Collective Noun
  4. Material Noun
  5. Abstract Noun

Let’s see every type of noun in detail below:

Proper Noun

A proper noun refers to the particular name of a person, place, or thing.

Examples: Michael, France, Himalaya, etc.

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Common Noun

A common noun refers to the given name of persons, places, or things of the same kind and class.

For example boy, girl, town, country, etc.

Collective Noun

A collective noun is the name of a group of persons or things taken together and spoken of as a whole, as a unit.

Examples: Team, Committee. Army, etc.

Material Noun

A material noun is the name of a metal or substance of which things are made. For example silver, iron, wood, etc.

  • Jewelry can be made from silver.
  • Tools and weapons are made from iron.
  • Furniture is made from wood.

Notes:

  1. Material nouns cannot be counted, they can either be weighed or measured.
  2. They are generally used with singular verb, and an articles is not used before them.

Abstract Noun

An abstract noun, in general, refers to the name of quality, action, or state.

Examples:

Honesty, Bravery (Quality)

Hatred, Laughter (Action)

Poverty, Young (State)

Note: Art and science such as physics, grammar, music, etc. are also included in Noun.

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