The following paragraph is taken from Ernest Hemingway’s short story - The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. Look at all the words that are in bold.
had been carried to his tent
from the edge of the camp
on the arms
of a team
made up of the cook
, the personal boys
, the skinner
and the porters
. The gun-bearers
had taken no part in the demonstration
. When the native boys put him down at the door
of his tent, he had shaken all their hands
, received their congratulations
and then gone into the tent and sat on the bed
until his wife
came in. She
did not speak to him when she came in and he left the tent at once to wash his face and hands in the portable washbasin
outside and go over to the dining tent to sit in a comfortable canvas chair
in the breeze
and the shade
What is common to all these words? Yes, they are all nouns.
A noun is a naming word. It can name anything - animal, place, thing, quality, feeling and idea.
Types of Nouns
are nouns that name anything that is shared by every person or thing of the same class. They do not refer to any particular person or thing.
For instance, in the paragraph given above, words like tent, arms, shoulders, boys, cook and door are common nouns.
are nouns that name a particular person or thing.
For instance, in the paragraph given above, the word ‘Francis Macomber’ is a proper noun. Other examples of proper nouns could be your name, the names of your friends in your class, the name of your school, the name of your building, the name of your state, the name of your country.
are nouns that name a group or a collection of things of the same kind.
For instance, in the paragraph given above, the word TEAM is a collective noun.
Other examples of collective nouns are words like a bouquet, a class, a bunch, a crowd.
are nouns that name ideas, thoughts and feelings that a person can feel within himself but cannot experience through his five senses, that is, through sight, smell, hearing, touch or taste.
In the paragraph given earlier, the word TRIUMPH is an abstract noun. Other examples of abstract nouns are words like honesty, happiness, sorrow, excitement, boredom.
are nouns that have a material, a substance or an ingredient that
other things are made from.
For example, words like brass, cotton, plastic, rubber, sand, silver are all material nouns.
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- Formation of Nouns from Verbs
- Formation of Nouns from Adjectives
- Formation of Nouns from other Nouns
- Countable or Uncountable Nouns
- Nouns and Number
- Nouns and Genders
- The Need for Pronouns
- Types of Pronouns
- Personal Pronouns
- Interrogative Pronouns
- Relative Pronouns
- Reflexive Pronouns
- Possessive Pronouns
- Problematic Pronouns
- Types of Determiners
- Kinds of Verbs
- Transitive Verbs
- Intransitive Verbs
- Usage of Gerunds
- Uses of Gerunds
- The Simple Tenses
- Simple Present Tense
- Simple Past Tense
- Simple Future Tense
- The Continuous Tenses
- Present Continuous Tense
- Simple Present or Present Continuous
- Past Continuous Tense
- Simple Past or Past Continuous
- Future Continuous Tense
- Present and Past Participles
- The Perfect Tenses
- Present Perfect Tense
- Simple Past or Present Perfect
- Past Perfect Tense
- Future Perfect Tense
- The Perfect Continuous Tenses
- Present Perfect Continuous Tense
- Present Continuous or Present Perfect Continuous Tense
- Past Perfect Continuous Tense
- Future Perfect Continuous Tense
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