A noun is a part of speech that names a person, place, thing, idea, action or quality. All nouns can be classified into two groups of nouns: common or proper.
- Proper nouns refer to the individual name of a person, place or thing. Examples might include Barcelona, Leonardo da Vinci, or Toyota Corolla.
- Common nouns are more generalized by comparison, and they can be further divided into abstract, collective, compound, countable concrete, uncountable concrete and verbal.
The best way to understand this part of speech is to take a look at several noun examples. Let's get started.
Types and Examples of Nouns
The chart below includes the various types of proper and common nouns, as well as definitions and examples of each type of noun:
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Nouns Used in a Sentences
To get an even better grasp on these various noun examples, take a look at these example sentences containing some nouns from the above worksheet. The nouns are highlighted in bold (note some sentences have more than one noun, but to keep things simple we've highlighted just one).
- Let me give you some advice.
- Life finds a way.
- With great power comes great responsibility.
- His biggest regret was not traveling more.
- The weary army marched on.
- The congregation gathered to worship.
- The team from Springfield won the championship.
- It takes a village to raise a child.
- The teacher writes notes on the blackboard.
- The board of directors consists of nine individuals.
- Joey caught a grasshopper with his bare hands.
- Sarah needs to replace her keyboard.
- The sunlight beamed through the attic window.
- Be careful around that rattlesnake!
- The wheelchair costs a lot of money.
- Can you add a banana to my smoothie?
- That's his favorite book.
- Her blue eyes instantly captured his attention.
- Hidden from view, the panther stalks its prey.
- Catch the beautiful sunset from atop Haleakala.
- Learning to play ukelele has been very challenging.
- Walnuts are on sale today.
- Due to the thin air, Georgina found it hard to breathe.
- Have you donated blood lately?
- The economics of the matter are quite complex.
- It's cheaper to buy insurance online.
- Lorraine prefers juice over water.
- Can I get the pork cutlet with rice instead of noodles?
- Eugene stores the wood in the garage.
- Camping is a great summer activity for the whole family.
- Bernice enjoys climbing on the weekends.
- Casey's been doing a lot of flying lately.
- Did you know that Africa is much larger than Greenland?
- Visiting Big Ben was a highlight of the trip to London.
- Roger drives a blue Honda.
- Final applications are due by the end of January.
- Minnesota borders directly with Lake Superior.
- How many students attend Stanford University?
- If I had known about it, I would have signed up for the loyalty program at Starbucks.
- I don't know why Susan is so upset.
Learn More About Nouns
This chart has lots of examples of nouns in general. If you are looking for more information, YourDictionary also has many articles on the different types of nouns such as Abstract Nouns, Collective Nouns, Compound Nouns, and Concrete Nouns. Each of these articles contains even more examples to help illustrate what that type of noun is and how it works. Happy learning!