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, either common or proper. Proper nouns refer to the individual name of a person, place or thing.

  • Person – A term for a person, whether proper name, gender, title, or class, is a noun.
  • Animal – A term for an animal, whether proper name, species, gender, or class is a noun.
  • Place – A term for a place, whether proper name, physical location, or general locale is a noun.
  • Thing – A term for a thing, whether it exists now, will exist, or existed in the past is a noun.
  • Idea – A term for an idea, be it a real, workable idea or a fantasy that might never come to fruition is a noun.

Noun Examples

When we first start to learn the parts of speech, trying to identify different words can seem like a challenge. This process gets easier with practice. Here are some noun examples to help you get started. The nouns in each sentence have been italicized.

  • Person – He is the person to see.
  • Person – Plato was an influential Greek philosopher.
  • Animal – The dog barked at the cat.
  • Animal – Sophie is my favorite horse
  • Place – The restaurant is open.
  • Place – Look! There’s the Eiffel Tower
  • Thing – Throw the ball.
  • Thing – Money doesn’t grow on trees.
  • Idea – Follow the rules.
  • Idea – Love is a wonderful emotion.

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