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Common Nouns




 
Nouns are divided into common nouns and proper nouns. Common nouns are words for people, things, animals, or ideas.

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Here are some words for people.

secretary
coach
salesman
burglar
architect
nurse
driver
trainer
carpenter
barber

actor
sailor
director
pianist
tourist
dentist
scientist
magician
guardian
veterinarian

Take note that words for people have different endings, for example, er, or, ist, ian.

Here are some words for relatives.

father
mother
grandfather
grandmother

daughter
son
brothers
sisters

These are some common nouns for fruits and vegetables.

apple
peach
banana
fig
apricot

broccoli
celery
spinach
cabbage
lettuce




These are some common nouns for animals.

panda
snake
giraffe
goose
duck
eagle

ant
bee
butterfly
prawn
crab
dolphin

These are some common nouns for places.

bank
restaurant
school
office

zoo
park
library
factory

These are common nouns for objects and machines.

toaster
pencil
fan
bicycle

computer
shoes
camera
truck

Words for ideas and feelings and other things that you cannot touch are called abstract nouns. Words for things that you can touch are called concrete nouns. All the examples of nouns given above are concrete nouns.



 

Videos

This video explains the difference between Proper and Common nouns and when to use them.
Nouns are naming words.
Types of nouns: Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, Concrete Nouns, Abstract Nouns, Collective Nouns, Singular or Plural Nouns. Suffixes for Nouns, Masculine, Feminine or Neuter Nouns, Articles for Nouns.


The Noun Song
The Noun Cartoon and Song (Schoolhouse Rock) - with lyrics

Well, every person you can know
And every place that you can go
And any thing that you can show
You know they're nouns
A noun's a special kind of word
It's any name you ever heard
I find it quite interesting
A noun's a person, place or thing

Oh, I took a train, took a train
To another state
The flora and the fauna that I saw were really great
But when I saw some bandits chasing the train
I was wishing I was back home again
I took a train, took a train
To another state

Well, every person you can know
And every place that you can go
And any thing that you can show

You know they're nouns
You know they're nouns, oh!

Mrs. Jones is a lady on Hudson Street
She sent her dog to bark at my brother and me
We gave her dog a big fat bone
And now he barks at Mrs. Jones
She's a lady who lives on Hudson Street

Well, every person you can know
And every place that you can go
And anything that you can show

Well, you know they're nouns
You know they're nouns, oh!

I took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty
My best friend was waiting there for me
(He took an early ferry)
We went for a walk on the island, you know
And in the middle of summer it started to snow
When I took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty

Well, every person you can know
And every place that you can go
And anything that you can show

Well, you know they're nouns
You know they're nouns, oh!

I put a dime in the drugstore record machine
Oldie-goldies started playing - you know what I mean
I heard Chubby Checker, he was doing the twist
And the Beatles and the Monkees
It goes like this
I put a dime in the drugstore record machine

Well, every person you can know
And every place that you can go
And anything that you can show

Well, you know they're nouns

A noun's a special kind of word
It's any name you ever heard
I find it quite interesting
A noun's a person, place or thing
A noun is a person, place or thing.


 

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