Nouns are the names of people, places, things and feelings.
Common nouns are the names common to people and things .
Proper nouns are the names of a particular place or person.
- Professor Lee
- Pitt Street
- Broken Hill
or titles of films:
These nouns need to start with a capital letter.
Collective nouns are the names of a group of people and things.
- a hive of bees
- a class of pupils
- a bunch of flowers.
Abstract nouns are something we can’t see or touch but are often feelings or emotions.
Compound nouns are made of two nouns together that have a meaning different from the individual nouns.
Noun groups are a group of words telling who or what is involved. It may include adjectives and nouns linked together.
- The little black and white spotted dog ran home.
A noun group can also include adjectival phrases and clauses.
- The house with the broken windows is for sale.
- The house that we saw yesterday is for sale.
More about nouns and noun groups in our Teaching strategies section.