Material Nouns



Material Nouns :



This Noun denotes the matter or substance of which things are made.

Thus sheep is a Common Noun. But mutton (or the flesh of sheep) is a Noun of this type.

The same word can be a Noun of this type or a Common Noun according to the context.

Fish live in water.

Fish is good for food.

In the first sentence the Noun denotes individual fish or fishes and is therefore a Common Noun.

In the second it denotes the matter of which the bodies of fish are made and is therefore a Material Noun.

Nouns of this type are the raw elements or objects which are there in nature.

1. Brass
2. Calcium
3. Cotton
4. Diamond
5. Fiber
6. Gold
7. Iron
8. Marble
9. Plastic

Few sentences with this type of noun :

1. Water stored in utensils made of brass of good for health.
2. Calcium-tablets should be taken to strengthen our bones.
3. Cotton-clothes should be used during summer.
4. Diamond is not only costly, but also not necessary.
5. Fiber-rich eatables are available in the market.
6. Indians are so of gold that they buy gold-ornaments quite often.
7. An Iron-smith is having his shop at the cornet of this street.
8. We used marbles for our floorings.
9. Plastic-things have to be avoided in the future.
10. His building is full of marbles.

These nouns do not take plural forms. They can take only singular forms and singular verbs. And they are uncountable nouns. They can be measured or weighed.

Some examples of these nouns from nature :

1. Air
2. Coal
3. Copper
4. Gold
5. Iron
6. Rock
7. Sand
8. Silver
9. Water

Some examples of these nouns from plants :

1. Coffee
2. Food
3. Fruits
4. Oil
5. Rubber
6. Tea

Some examples of these nouns from animals :

1. Egg
2. Honey
3. Leather
4. Meat
5. Milk
6. Wool

Some examples of these nouns which are man-made :

1. Acid
2. Alcohol
3. Brick
4. Butter
5. Cement
6. Cheese
7. Cloth
8. Medicine

You should not use the numeral adjectives (one, two, three, four, many, few, a few, etc.) before a noun of this type.

Two gold have been stolen. (Incorrect sentence)

Two ornaments of gold have been stolen. (Correct sentence)

Do not use articles (a, an, the) before the nouns of this type.

Could you give me a paper to write your mobile number? (Incorrect sentence)

Could you give me paper to write your mobile number? (Correct sentence)

Could you give me a piece of paper to write your mobile number? (Correct sentence)

Do not use 's' or 'es' after the nouns of this type. These nouns do not take plural forms.

These note-books are made of papers. (Incorrect sentence)

These note-books are made of paper. (Correct sentence)

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  1. The Noun
  2. Kinds of Nouns
  3. Kinds of Nouns in English
  4. Types of Nouns in English
  5. Correct Usage of Nouns
  6. Classification of Nouns
  7. Proper Nouns
  8. Common Nouns
  9. Abstract Nouns
  10. Collective Nouns
  11. Nouns of Multitude
  12. Material Nouns
  13. Compound Nouns
  14. Concrete Nouns
  15. Countable Nouns
  16. Uncountable Nouns
  17. Count Nouns
  18. Mass Nouns
  19. Pronouns
  20. Abstract Nouns formed from Adjectives
  21. Abstract Nouns formed from Common Nouns
  22. Abstract Nouns formed from Verbs
  23. Abstract Nouns of the same form as Verbs
  24. Absolute Phrases
  25. Noun and Gender
  26. Nouns and Gender
  27. Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns
  28. Masculine Nouns
  29. Feminine Nouns
  30. Ways of forming the feminine of nouns
  31. Exceptional Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns
  32. Exceptional Feminine Nouns
  33. Foreign Feminine Nouns
  34. Nouns in Common Gender
  35. Common Gender Nouns
  36. Neuter Pronouns
  37. Neuter Gender Nouns
  38. Gender of Personified Things
  39. Noun and Case
  40. Kinds of Cases in English
  41. Noun and Number
  42. Singular and Plural
  43. Singular Nouns and Plural Nouns
  44. Ways of forming plurals
  45. Formation of Plurals
  46. Compound Nouns and Plurals
  47. Noun Infinitive
  48. Noun to Verb
  49. The Noun


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