Types of nouns

There are 5 types of nouns-

  • Proper Nouns
  • Common Nouns
  • Abstract Nouns
  • Collective Nouns
  • Material Nouns

Proper Nouns

A proper noun or special name is a noun which represents a unique thing (such as Paris, Saturn, Brian, or Sony), as opposed to a common noun, which represents a class of things (for example, city, planet, person or factory).


Common Nouns

common noun is a noun representing a person, place, or thing in a class or group. Unlike proper nouns, a common noun is not written in capital letters unless it either begins a sentence or appears in a title. Common nouns can be concrete (perceptible to the senses), abstract (involving general ideas or qualities), or collective (referring to a group or collection).

Examples: boys; city: rivers; animal.


Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns are words which name things that are not concrete. Your five physical senses cannot detect an abstract noun – you can’t see it, smell it, taste it, hear it, or touch it. In essence, an abstract noun is a quality, a concept, an idea, or maybe even an event.

Examples : happiness, grief , marriage, length, pain.



Collective Nouns

collective noun is a noun that describes a group of things.

Examples are:

  • A bevy of girls
  • A school of fish.
  • A bunch of keys.
  • A parliament of owls.
A school of fish.

Material Nouns

Material Noun is the name of a material or a substance or an ingredient of an alloy. 

Examples :

  • Diamond
  • Iron
  • Wood
  • Gold
A diamond

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