by Milo
free college text book


    Nouns are one of the nine parts of speech in the English language.

    A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea that acts as a subject, an object, or a predicate nominative in a sentence.

    Examples of nouns include musician or Jimi Hendrix (person), stage or Radio City Music Hall (place), guitar (thing), or creativity (idea).

    A simple test for a noun is adding the or a/an before the word. If it makes sense, then the word is probably a noun. This simple test can fail for three possible reasons:

  1. Some nouns don’t work with an article. For example, consider the sport called skiing (derived from progressive form of the verb to ski).
  2. Some non-nouns sound correct with an article, usually because the word could be a noun in another context. For example, consider the word ski, which can be used as both a verb and as a noun.
  3. Some speakers/writers (particularly non-native speakers) may have a poor internal sense of which words sound correct with this test.

    A proper noun is the name of a specific person, place, group, or event. All other nouns are common nouns.

    The word musician would be a common noun, but Jimi Hendrix would be proper nouns (the name of a specific musician).

Credits: Copyright © 2008 Milo of www.ThisSideofSanity.com.

If you have comments or suggestions, please contact contact00@ThisSideofSanity.com and label your message “nouns”.

Return to table of contents.

previous page next page
previous page next page

free English text book project

Building a free downloadable text book on English composition for university, college, community college, and high school classes.

If you like the idea of this project,
then please donate some money.

send donations to:
PO Box 1361
Tustin, California 92781


techno rock

heavy metal

Time Heals
love song

This Side
of Sanity

California recording studios
recording studio
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale Collectors' Choice Music

    Copyright © 2008 Milo

    Last Updated: September 1, 2008

    Created: July 31, 2008, from work November 12, 2007

Author of free English Text Book web pages: contact00@ThisSideofSanity

If you write, please label your message as “Noun” to help separate it from SPAM (which gets tossed unread).

previous page next page
previous page next page