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Recognizing and Using Nouns

Common Nouns 

Common nouns are ordinary objects that we see, smell, feel, touch, hear, taste, or sense. Examples include radios, computers, cars, streets, flowers, trees, bicycles, day, night, the sun, apples, milk, noodles, oil, salt, soap, grass, cows, llamas, trees, sidewalks, buildings, statues, playgrounds, and swings.                                               

Proper Nouns 

Proper nouns are places, things, or people that include a name. Examples include Kleenex, Kraft Foods, the Great Plains,  Chicago, the Mississippi River, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Lake Michigan, the Arctic Circle, the Rocky Mountains, Broadway, and the Plaza Hotel. 

  

Non-count Nouns 

Non-count nouns are objects whose measurements are not required or provided. Examples include indefinite quantities of something, such as a little water, some milk, any cheese, a lot of butter, the bread, my jewelry, your clothes, many shoes, and all of the houses. 

Count Nouns 

Count nouns are objects whose measurements of quantity are available and required. Examples include definite quantities like one gallon of water, a cup of milk, two pounds of cheese, three kilos of butter, a loaf of bread, a pair of shoes, and ten light bulbs.   

Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns are names of ideas that we cannot see, feel, touch, hear, taste, or sense. Examples include philosophy, religion, anxiety, psychology, history, and feeling.