A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or idea. There are singular nouns
that name ONE person (player), place (room), thing (towel), or idea (love), and
there are plural nouns that are the names for MORE THAN ONE person (play-
place (rooms), thing (towels), or idea (loves).
There are other types of nouns that are good to know. They include the
➲ Common nouns begin with a lowercase (or small) letter since they
name any person, place, thing, or idea. They are nonspecific. Some sin-
common nouns include actor (person), lounge (place), stick (thing),
and kindness (idea). Plural common nouns include men (persons), head-
(places), computers (things), and liberties (ideas).
➲ Proper nouns begin with an uppercase (or capital) letter because they
name specific persons, places, things, and ideas. Proper nouns include
President Harry Truman (person), Eiffel Tower (place), American Federation
of Teachers (thing), and Theory of Relativity (idea).
➲ Concrete nouns name a person, place, thing, or idea that can be perceived
by one or more of your senses (seeing, hearing, touching, tasting,
and smelling). Popcorn, thunder, rainfall, skunk, windmill, and hair are
➲Abstract nouns name an idea, feeling, quality, or trait. Examples
of abstract nouns include pity, weakness, humility, and elation.
➲ Collective nouns name a group of people or things. Some collective
nouns are squad, assembly, team, jury, flock, and herd.