Nouns and the English Language

by on December 19th, 2010
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Shurley English is what I grew up taking. Traditional English classes tripped me up, and I did not learn anything. But with this modified version of English, I managed to learn the different parts of a sentence without trouble. I can now identify each part of a sentence without hesitation. Nouns can become very easy to spot in a sentence, and sometimes you may find more than one available. Here is more about nouns and how to locate them in a sentence.

A noun is considered a person, place or thing. It can be a direct name, it can be an indirect name, it can be physical and touchable, or it can be invisible and untouchable. Reguardless, a person, place or thing is a noun. A noun can fall into two of the four primary categories, proper noun, common noun, concrete noun, and abstract noun.

The reason I say that they can fall into two of four categories is because you must first identify whether the noun has a direct name or if it is simply an in general thing. You must then determine whether it is concrete or abstract. This simply means, can you reach out and touch the item, or is it an invisible thing. Examples of this are, a building would be a concrete noun. You can actually reach out and touch it. A thought would be an abstract noun, this is because it is a thing, but you cannot see or touch it.

Proper Nouns
A proper noun is one that actually has a name. This name is typically capitalized. Examples of this type of noun are a person or places name, such as Anthony or Sea World. These are capitalized to show that they are proper nouns. They have a specific name, not an in general name.

Common Nouns
A common noun is something that is in general, such as boy, girl, building, car. They do not have a direct name that identifies them. Other examples are ball, cat, pit, tree. However, you can easily turn a common noun into a proper noun by adding a name. For example: The boy’s name is Peter. The cat’s name is Fluffy.

Concrete Nouns:
Like I stated above, a concrete noun is something you can physically touch, like your desk. This means that you can see it, touch it, and feel it. Proper nouns and common nouns can both fall into this category.

Abstract Nouns:
Abstract nouns are things that you cannot see. These are nouns like air, breath, thoughts, dreams and many more.

Once you are able to determine what type of nouns you are working with, it is easier to break down the sentence to find the other parts.

Recommended Reading:
Adverbs and the English Language

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