The Unknown Noun
The noun that we see
These are the types of words which are either nouns or function as nouns:
- Names of people or places or companies, etc. (proper nouns)
- Jack is a fun-loving person.
- Objects, things, anything that you can see, taste, touch or smell (concrete nouns)
- I love this computer.
- Feelings, situations, anything you cannot see, taste, touch or smell (abstract nouns)
- His mind was filled with hate and the desire for revenge.
- Possessive pronouns (mine, yours, his, etc.)
- We both drive our own cars to work, but mine goes faster and smoother than hers.
- Gerunds (which look like verb + ing)
- Reading is taught when a combination of several methods is used.
- I can’t stand watching football at home.
- Subject Pronouns and Object Pronouns (they come instead of the noun(s) to avoid repetition)
- They, I mean Peter and Merry, never listen to either me or you.
- Made-up words from the first letter of other words (acronyms)
- The UN (the United Nations) is working on a new recruitment system to help GPs (General Practitioners) to inform people about AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
Look at these examples:
- Mary and Thomas are fun-loving neighbors.
- I love this old, American Computer.
- Reading books after mid-night is tough when a combination of different methods is used.
Nouns are not always ONE word. When a noun comes with related words before and/or sometimes after, it forms a group. This group acts the same as a one-word noun and is called a noun phrase.
Here are more examples:
Ruby-throated hummingbird lives in Central America.
A lot of money is spent on the new stadium.
Both of my younger brothers study at Foxham School.
About 35 different household goods are being imported now.
I swear I have seen that man standing by the bus stop.
Working day and night, getting paid a pittance only to be alive is not the kind of job I want.
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