NOUNS: What you should know (Keep this in your notes.)
I expect that you know how to identify and use nouns correctly. You should know –
What a noun is
Common and proper nouns
Singular and plural nouns
Possessive nouns, esp. how to form them using an apostrophe (singular & plural)
The following exercises quickly review nouns, but should you need more review refer to
pages 418 – 431 in your Writer’s Craft text book for help and information.
Noun Review (grade 8)
A. Directions: For each of the following sentences underline the nouns. Above each
noun underlined, label it as: person, place, thing, or idea.
1. Our new bell system seems to be working now.
2. Success is a commitment not a wish.
3. I need to visit the cafeteria and sing a song.
4. I will give out text books soon.
5. Some students are still having trouble with their lockers.
B. Write the possessive form for the following nouns.
1. children ______________
2. students _______________
3. student ________________
4. Chris _________________
5. class _________________
C. Write the plural form for the following singular nouns.
1. activity _________________ 6. series _________________
2. life ____________________ 7. coach ________________
3. tomato _________________ 8. patio ________________
4. species _________________
5. motif __________________
D. A compound noun is a noun made up of two or more words. They may appear
in one of three ways: separate words (potato chips),
hyphenated words (mother-in-law), or as combined words (classroom).
In each of the following sentences underline the compound nouns.
1. I gave everyone a text book to take home.
2. Be sure to get to homeroom on time.
3. We visit New York City every year.
4. Many of our classmates play football.
5. What is your favorite department store?
Collective nouns might be new to you! Read carefully. Then add them to the list of
what you should know.
E. Collective Nouns: nouns that name a group of individual people or things, but the
word itself is singular. For example, the word “group” is a collective noun because its
meaning refers to more than one person or thing, but it is a singular word and takes the
singular form of the verb when it is a subject in a sentence.
Consider the following sentence: The group (go, goes) to the movies every Friday.
Which verb form should you use?
In the following sentences underline only the collective nouns.
1. Our team won the championship two years in a row.
2. The audience at a live theater production needs to be respectful.
3. The class meets every day at 12:00.
4. We form a committee to solve all of our problems.
5. Two groups of students will help with the preparation for the dance.