What is a noun – Learn what nouns are and what nouns do

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What is a noun – Learn what nouns are and what nouns do

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What is a noun?

 

 

Nouns make up the largest class of words in most languages, including English.

 

The simplest definition of a noun is a thing and nouns are the basic building blocks of sentences. These things can represent a person, animal, place, idea, emotion – almost any thing that you can think of. Dog, Sam, we, love, phone, Chicago, courage and spaceship are all nouns.Ginger Software
 
A noun is a word that refers to:

 

  1. a thing (book)
  2. a person (Christopher Jones)
  3. an animal (bear)
  4. a quality (softness)
  5. an idea (justice)
  6. an action (yodeling).

 

It is usually a singular word, but not always.cake,shoes,school,bus and time and a half are all nouns.

 

Some nouns are not count or mass nouns. Nouns which only refers to one thing are called singular nouns:

  • “Saturn is the sixth planet of the sun”.

 

 

And plural nouns refers to more than one person or things or sometimes to something that has two main parts.

  • “These knives are dull.”

 

 

Any member of a class of words that typically can be combined with determiners to serve as the subject of a verb, can interpreted as a singular or plural, can be replaced with a pronoun, and refers to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept.

 

“Thus” Noun is the subject the of a verb and can be described as a singular or plural forms and it refers to quality, state, action, or concept. In simple words any naming thing is called a noun while it’s person, place, or things. 

 

 

Noun ending

 

Many nouns in English have no ending that identifies them as nouns, but there are a number of suffixes common to nouns: “ English Nouns Suffixes “.  wiktionary

 

There are certain words ending that show that a word is a noun, for example:

 

  • – ity ……nationality
  • –  ment……..disappointments
  • – ness……….. ugliness
  • – ation ……….,.relation
  • – hood……..brotherhood

 

 

Position of a noun in a sentence:

 

 

Noun position often determines the function of a noun in a sentence. Before we decide whether a noun is some particular noun function, we should invest little effort to study where the noun is used in the sentence. – NOUN POSITION ifioque

 

Nouns often come after a determiner( a determiner is a word like a an, the, this, my such)
  • A pain
  • An afternoon
  • The dentist
  • This toy
  • My house
  • Such stupidity

 

Nouns often come after one or more adjectives:
  • A great relief
  • A peaceful morning
  • The tall,Russian doctor

 

 

Noun position often determines the function of a noun in a sentence.

 

 

 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  Subject

A noun which usually comes before the verb will usually be the subject.

  • “Ali”played the piano.

 

 

 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  Direct object

A noun that follows an action verb will usually be a direct object.

  • The spider,”a big hairy creature,”scared the children as they played in the grass.
  • The work was done by “Nani.”

 

 

 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  Subject compliment

A noun that follows a verb of being will usually be a subject complements.

  • The flower is a”gift.”

 

 

 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  Object of preposition

Noun that follows a preposition is the object of the preposition. However, note that every prepositions will have an object is the first noun after the preposition and the last noun in the prepositional phrase.

  • The mountains are “across” the “lack”.

 

 

 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  Appositive Nouns

Appositive Nouns usually come in the middle of the sentence but will not occur at the beginning.Appositive nouns are typically set off in commas after the nouns.

 

 

What does a noun do in a sentence?

 

It acts as the subject of a sentence that performs the action of the verb. The subject has to be a noun. It cannot be a verb, an adverb, an adjective or any other part of speech. Nouns are basic to sentence structure because they, along with pronouns, provide the subject of the sentence. In addition, a noun functions as a direct object of a verb, an indirect object of a verb, object of a preposition, or a complement. – Functions of a Noun myenglishgrammar.com

 

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Nouns have certain functions,   Examples:

  • Subject of verb: Teachers work hard.
  • Object of verb: she like coffee.

 

 

What do Nouns do?

 

There are many definitions for “noun”with detail and brief explanations. But the best way to study about noun is to discuss what nouns does.
Here’s how to recognize nouns in a sentence and as well as more on what they do:

 
 
 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  They come with articles

If noun follows “a” “an”or “the”it is probably a noun. If there is an adjective in there it will be between the article and the noun, so you have to ask yourself “ is this something I can touch, smell, feel,see? Or does it describe something I can feel, see,smell, touch,taste. It’s noun. If it is the latter it is probably adjective.Here we can understand the usage of a noun with adjective.

 

 
 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  They are modified by adjectives

If something is described as young, beautiful, old, shiny,cold or something like that( all are addictive) so, it is probably a noun.

 

 
 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  They act as subject

The subject of a sentence normally comes right before the verb. When you say “The leopard ate their kitten” in this sentence the leopard is the subject and it comes right before the verb(ate) subject can be consist of several words or just one word gerunds and infinitive verbs can also act like a subject in a sentence. There role is to serve the nouns why? because noun is acting as a subject.

 

 
 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  Infinitive verbs

Infinitive verbs are mostly the verbs using “ to” with it.They can also act like a subject and can serve nouns. Because nouns acts as a subject.

 

 
 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  They acts like objects and compliments

Compliments follow state of being verbs like “be” “seem” and “ become”.Objects follows the verb as well as preposition.”kishwar is a teacher”. The word teacher in a sentence is a compliment. “ Shane hugged a tutor” a tutor is an object.
In another sentence “ I’m sitting near a doctor “ the doctor is a prepositional object” in such cases doctor and tutor are a noun.

 

 
 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  They are the names

All names of persons, animals, buildings, mountains,oceans, books, magazines, songs, things, etc are nouns

 

 
 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  Nouns with gender

Nouns are mostly male and female. Here are few nouns that indicates masculinity or femininity:

  • Father/ mother
  • Boy/ girl
  • Uncle/ aunt
  • Actor/ actress

 

 
 What is a noun - Learn what nouns are and what nouns do  Nouns can be pluralized

Mostly in English nouns can be pluralized by adding an “s” but few more exceptions.

 

Nouns with singular forms ends in s, z,ch, they need to add “es” to become plural  (e.g, boss/ bosses, watch/watches,box/boxes)

 

Certain nouns ends in “o” also needs”es” to the plural (e.g, tomato/tomatoes,volcano/volcanoes, hero/heroes)

 

For nouns that ends in “f”or “fe” change the f to av and add es ( e.g, knife /knives, wolf/wolves,)

 

If a singular noun ends in a single or double consonant followed by y change the y by es(e.g,lady/ladies, bully/bullies)

 

 

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