Nouns and its types with Examples

Noun and It’s kind

Definition Of Noun

Noun:- noun is a name of any person, place, animal, thing, material and even emotions or ideas.

Person -A term for a person whether proper name, gender, title or class is a noun Such as: Mohan, Mr Oberoi, Lawyer, etc.

Animal -A term for an animal, whether proper name, species, gender or class is a noun. Such as: Jack, kitten, puppy, etc.

Place -A term for a place whether proper name or class is a noun. Such as. Agra,Delhi, Taj Mahal, etc.

Thing -A term for thing, whether it exists now, will exist or existed in the past is a noun. Such as: pencil, milk, water, etc.

Idea -A term for an idea, be it a real workable idea or a fantasy that might never come to fruition, is a noun. Such as: being hard worker, honest, etc.


John – Name of a person

Delhi – Name of a place 

Book – Name of thing

Gold – Name of material 

Love – Emotion or feelings

Read the following sentences containing nouns:
1. Madurai is on the river ganga.
2. Milton is an English poet.
3. Kamal is a fine dancer.
4. Internet is here to stay

Types of nouns

There are mainly five kinds of nouns. These are:

  1. Common Noun
  2. Proper Noun
  3. Collective Noun
  4. Material Noun
  5. Abstract Noun

Common Noun

Common Noun is a general or ordinary name of a person, place, animal, thing or ever.

For example:

1. Girl, boy, sister, bother and player (persons)
2. Hospital, country, town and park (places)
3. Bird, lion, elephant and rabbit (animals and birds)
4. Cartoon shows, concerts and football matches (events)
5. Ship, book, house, bag and den (things)

Proper Noun

A proper Noun is a special name for a particular person, place, thing or event. A proper noun always begins with a capital letter.

Difference between Proper noun and Common noun

Common nounProper noun
BoyRavi, Harsh, Satyam etc.
CountryIndia, South Africa, Australia etc.
ColorRed, Blue, Black etc.
MonthJanuary, February, March etc.

For example:
1. Rajan, Kavita, Peter and Akbar (names of persons)
2. Mumbai, London, Paris and Agra (names of places)
3. Maruti Car, Lipton Tea and Sun TV (names of things)
4. Olympic Games and Common Wealth Games (names of events)

Material Noun

Material Nouns are the names of the raw materials or objects that exist in nature

For example:
Iron, wool, rice, milk, gold, sugar, etc.

Collective Noun

A collective Noun is the name of a group or collection of similar persons, animals or things.

For example:
1. A herd of cattle
2. A team of cricketers
3. A bouquet of flowers
4. A herd of elephants

Read some more examples of collective nouns given below:

  1. A band of musicians
  2. A brood of chicks
  3. A choir of singers
  4. A class of pupils
  5. A clump of trees
  6. A crowd of people
  7. A deck/pack of cards
  8. A flight of steps
  9. A fleet of ships
  10. A gang of thieves
  11. A library of books
  12. A litter of puppies
  13. A pack of wolves
  14. A pride of lions
  15. A regiment of soldiers
  16. A set of tools
  17. A sheaf of papers
  18. A shoal/school of fish
  19. A string of pearls
  20. A swarm of bees
  21. An army of ant
  22. A hive of bees
  23. A pack of hounds
  24. A murder of crows
  25. A host of angels
  26. A group of dancers
  27. A class of pupils
  28. A body of men
  29. A deck of cards
  30. A range of mountains
  31. A fleet of vehicles
  32. A grove of trees

Abstract Noun

An abstract noun is the name of such types of ideas, feelings, qualities or things which are not seen or touched but only thought of.

For example:

1. Flight (the action being involved in flying)
2. Richness (the state of being rich)
3. Childhood (the state of being a child)
4. Wickedness (the quality of being wicked)
5. Bravery (the quality of being brave)

A noun is also classified as:

i. Countable noun 

ii. Uncountable noun

i. Countable noun:- It is the name of a thing which can be counted.

e.g:- human, Pen, bag etc.

It includes:- Common and Collective nouns.

ii. Uncountable noun:- It is the name of the thing which cannot be counted.

e.g:- friendship, hate, water etc.

It includes:- Material and Abstract noun.

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