So what is a noun? What are the two main classes of nouns? Let’s study nouns the easiest way that we can.
I used to teach Korean students too, and I know how difficult it is to make some of them, especially the “newly arrived”, understand even simple words. Now let’s start by considering the definition and some examples of nouns.
A noun is a name of a person, a place or a thing. Take a minute to look around you. You may as well want to open the window to enjoy the view. Anything that you see, smell, touch, taste or hear around you is a noun. Every thing that has a name is a noun.
Person: boy, girl, mother, father, queen, uncle, doctor
Place: Korea, Japan, market, school, Rome
Thing: bag, computer, book, chair, dictionary
These are the two main classes of nouns: The Proper Nouns and the.
– It is the specific name of a person a place or a thing. It always starts with a capital letter unless it begins a sentence.
Common Noun – A name shared in common by a person, a place or a thing. It usually begins with a small letter.
The boy named Michael is my brother.
The brand of my dictionary is Samsung.
The place I most want to visit is Korea.
The president of United States is Obama.
Diana is the name of the princess I love the most.
Now, under the category common noun, we have sub categories. They are concrete, abstract, collective and possessive nouns.
A concrete noun is anything you can touch, smell, hear, feel or taste. In other words, this is the noun of the senses.
Examples: book, chair, table, computer, apple, mango, radio, noise, etc.
An abstract noun is the exact opposite of a concrete noun. Anything that you cannot perceive by your senses is an abstract noun.
Examples: glory, blessing, power, wisdom, anger, hope, etc.
A collective noun comes as group and is treated as a single unit.
Examples: family, class, group, team, herd, school, colony, army, band, etc.
Possessive nouns show ownership. We usually add apostrophe (‘) and -s after a noun to show possession.
I like the dress of Mary. —> I like Mary’s dress.
My friend wants to borrow the dictionary of Jane. –> Jane’s dictionary
Terry enjoys playing with the toys of Dany. –> Dany’s toys
To better help you understand and remember the lesson, here is a good noun song you can watch. Check this out and enjoy!