English grammar

Module 1, Nouns, Lesson 1:

What Is a Noun?

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English grammar

Definition: A noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea.

Concrete nouns name people, places, or things that you can touch, see, hear, smell, or taste.

Person Place Thing
man river dog
Mrs. Jones Paris book
doctor mountains sports car
Maddie home Ferrari

Abstract nouns name ideas, concepts, or emotions. These nouns are intangible, which means you cannot touch, see, hear, smell, or taste them using your five senses.

Idea Emotion
love happiness
intelligence anger
justice excitement
religion fear
time surprise
Hint:
Remember, pronouns are not nouns.

Practice What You've Learned

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Part 1

Directions:
Click on the nouns in each sentence.
1.
The birds and squirrels enjoy the corn my mother hung in the backyard.
2.
The runners ran quickly down the track, passing along the baton, to win their race.
3.
The explorer ended his career by taking a trip to the top of Mt. Everest.
4.
The shark swam in the water around the dock near my house.
5.
The detective investigated the evidence carefully, and he finally solved the mystery.
6.
When the dinosaurs roamed the earth, the planet was a very different place.
7.
Mark Twain, one of my favorite authors, had a long and distinguished career as a writer.
8.
The baby and her sister like playing with the blocks on the rug in the bedroom.
9.
Life in the city is filled with excitement and drama while life in the country is much quieter.
10.
My computer is broken, so I need to go to the store to get a new one.

Part 2

Directions:
Click on the nouns that correspond with the type of noun in bold.
11.
Concrete – dish ... intelligence ... cats ... creativity ... book
12.
Abstract – anger ... career ... thunder ... sailboat ... wind
13.
Concrete – noodles ... Mars ... speed ... weasels ... fear
14.
Abstract – castle ... cell phone ... emotion ... leaf ... enjoyment
15.
Concrete – necklace ... pliers ... friendship ... job ... carrots
16.
Abstract – joke ... jelly beans ... prejudice ... yesterday ... mug
17.
Concrete – doll ... eagle ... truck ... amazement ... idea
18.
Abstract – freedom ... challenge ... basketball ... movie ... city
19.
Concrete – garden ... flu virus ... mercy ... ugliness ... candy
20.
Abstract – penguins ... candle ... interests ... annoyance ... patience
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