Read this article to know about Noun definition and its types.
The word ‘Noun’ has been derived from a Latin world Nomen meaning name. Thus a noun is a Part of Speech used to name/identify a person, animal, place, thing, event, concept feeling and abstract idea. A noun can act as a subject as well as an object.
In simple words, a noun is a word that names everything.
The bold words are nouns in the following sentences.
Ram is my friend. (person)
Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan. (place).
A car has four tyres. (thing)
Buffaloes give milk. (animal)
Honesty is the best policy. (abstract idea)
Types of Nouns:
- Proper Noun
- Common Noun
- Collective Noun
- Material Noun
- Concrete Nouns
- Abstract Noun
- Compound Nouns
- Countable and Non-Countable Nouns
Some nouns always remain in plural form. They don’t have any singular form and always take a plural verb.
e.g. pants, species, scissors, fireworks, goggles, eyeglasses, spectacles, trousers, clippers, wages, surroundings, odds, riches etc.
Some nouns seem to be in plural form but have a singular meaning. They take a singular verb.
e.g. news, innings, Physics, Ethics, Mathematics, summons, politics etc.
Some nouns seem to be in singular form but their meaning is plural. Thus these nouns always take plural verbs.
e.g. cattle, clergy, children, police, infantry etc.
The uncountable nouns are always in singular forms. However, article A/An is never used with them.
e.g. furniture, poetry, scenery, money, knowledge, luggage etc.
Some nouns can function both as singular as well as plural.
e.g. team, fish etc.