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Types of Nouns

Sep 5, 2022

The different Types of nouns are: 

  1. Common nouns 
  1. Proper nouns 
  1. Collective nouns 
  1. Abstract nouns 

Let’s take a look at the different Types of nouns. 

Common nouns: 

Common nouns are the generic names given to any person, place, or a thing in common. Common here itself means shared by all.  Here, the feeling is that of anything in general. So, when we say a girl, it can be any girl. It can be Mary, it can be Alexa, it can be any other girl. 

More examples:  

  • Country (=any country) 
  • River (=any river) 
  • Book (=any book) 

Proper nouns: 

Proper nouns are the names of any particular person, place, or thing. They have something specific that is being talked about. Here, the feeling is that of something in particular.  So, when we say Martha, we refer to a particular girl and no one else.  

More examples:  

  • Canada (=a particular country
  • The Nile (= a particular river
  • Animal Farm (= a particular novel

Collective nouns: 

When nouns form a group of any kind, they are called collective nouns. A collective noun contains a number of people, animals, or things that are spoken of as a unified whole. So, when we say a crowd, it means that a large number of people come together to form a crowd. 

More examples: 

  • A fleet (= a collection of ships) 
  • An army (= a large number of soldiers) 
  • A herd of cattle 
  • The jury declared the suspect guilty. 

Abstract nouns: 

Nouns which cannot be seen or touched are abstract nouns. They can only be felt. It is the name usually given to qualities, action, or a state that are abstract in themselves. 


 So, when we say that we love someone, it is the feeling of love that we have for someone. We cannot see or touch it. Similarly, Christmas is characterized by the lighting up of cities and by the decoration of trees.  

That’s when we know it is Christmas time. We do not get to see or touch Christmas as such. 

More examples: 

Hate, happiness, kindness, childhood, slavery, sleep, poverty, etc. 

Abstract nouns are formed from: 

  1. Adjectives: 


  • Kindness from the adjective kind
  • Honesty from the adjective honest
  • Happiness from the adjective happy
  1. Verbs: 


  • Obedience from the verb obey. 
  • Growth from the verb grows. 
  1. Common nouns: 


  • Childhood from the common noun child. 
  • Slavery from the common noun slave


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