WHAT IS NOUN? CLASSIFICATION AND TYPES

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NOUNS

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Nouns are just things; animates or in animates, real or imaginary, visible or invisible. Noun names or refers to person (uncle), thin (book), substance (oil), quality (completeness) and so on. Simply put, the naming part of a sentence or group of words is called NOUN Types of Noun

Scholars differ to some extent in their classification of types of Noun. I have decided to look at the types of noun from qualitative, quantitative and from the general point of view the classification at times overlaps yet there is need to look at this.

CLASSIFICATION OF NOUN 

1. Qualitative Nouns: These are nouns that are either concrete or abstract. Concrete nouns are nouns that are visible. They are tangible, touchable and they can be seen e.g. man, book, car, water e.t.c. while abstract nouns are nouns that are imaginary in nature. They are not visible however they can be felt or perceived e.g. happiness, joy, breeze, air, information e.t.c.

Examples of:

Concrete Nouns

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Chair

Table

Church

Man

Window

Motor

School

Carpet

Cabinet

Fan

Abstract Nouns

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Information

Air

Knowledge

Beauty

Love

Game

Production

Communication

Acknowledgment

Thought

2. Quantitative Nouns: This refers to nouns that are either countable or uncountable. The countable nouns have what we called plurality markers such as; a, an, some, many, one two, etc. the nouns after will now take ‘s’, ‘es’ or ‘ies’ as the case may be to form plural. The uncountable nouns cannot be inflected either by adding ‘s’, ‘es’, ‘ies’ or by changing its base form. The uncountable nouns are otherwise called mass nouns When used in sentence they are to be treated as singular with singular verbs. To show their plural phrases such as; ‘a pair of, pieces of, many of, etc. are used to precede them, e.g. a ‘pice of’, ‘many of’, ‘a cup of’, ‘two cubes of’, ‘a bag of’, etc. are used to precede them and uncountable nouns include; information, cement, knowledge, sugar, blood, water, endurance, happiness, joy etc. 

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Uncountable Nouns

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Water,

rice,

sand,

oil

Petrol

Diesel

Wheat

COUNTABLE NOUN

Pen

Man

Book

Cloth

Television

Radio

Bucket

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