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Technical stuff – part 1: nouns

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Nouns are simply words that name someone or something. For example, the following are all nouns:

  • carpenter  (the name of someone who works with wood)
  • woman  (the name of a female human)
  • table  (the name of a piece of furniture)
  • guitar  (the name of a musical instrument)
  • boy  (the name of a male child)
  • kettle  (the name of a lidded pot for boiling water)

These nouns, and others like them, name people and things that we can touch and see. Nouns of this type are also called ‘concrete nouns’. ‘Egg’ is a noun. You can touch and see an egg, so the word ‘egg’  is a concrete noun.

Find out what abstract nouns are

Find out what proper nouns are

Introduction to verbs

Read more on ‘parts of speech’ or ‘word classes’


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29/12/2009 at 11:36 am

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  1. I only now realized the British spelling is ‘instalment’! I am used to writing ‘installment’!

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  2. Hi, Vikas — yes, that’s the UK way of spelling ‘instalment’. As you know, there are quite a few words spelt differently in the US; instalment is one of the less obvious ones.

    I will look into BlogCatalog; I have not heard of it before. Thanks!


    29/12/2009 at 11:56 am

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