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					    What are nouns?
Nouns are
words that
name persons,
places, or
things.
  Nouns answer two questions.
• Who?
• What?
Eight kinds of nouns

 Proper
 Common
 Abstract
 Concrete
 Count
 Noncount
 Collective
 Compound
•Proper nouns name a
 specific person, place
 or thing and always
 begin with a capital
 letter.
    The Cleveland Indians
    Pepsi
    Men in Black
Common nouns
name a general
category of
person, place or
thing.
  gemstones
  ice cream
  the movies
An abstract noun
names something not
physically perceived
by our senses.
  joy
  mercy
  democracy
  freedom
Concrete nouns
name things we can
physically perceive
with our senses.
   glove
   book
   computer
   car
Count nouns refer
to things that can
be counted
 twenty-nine cents
 three cookies
 billions of stars
Noncount nouns
refer to masses or
quantities that
cannot be counted.
   Pepper
   snow
   air
   iodine
A collective noun
names a group
acting as a unit.
jury
class
team
community
     Collective nouns

• Are often singular
  – The herd stampedes whenever thunder
    claps.
• Sometimes are plural
  – The herd scatter in all directions.
• The family sits on the couch in the
  living room.
• The family sit on the chairs in the living
  room.
A compound noun is made
up of more than one word.
It may be written as
separate words, a single
word, or hyphenated.
   Attorney general
      Plural: attorney generals
   Grandfather
      Plural: grandfathers
   brother-in-law
      Plural: brothers-in-law

				
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