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The simple definition is: a person, place or thing. Here are some examples: * person ...


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    What are Nouns?

    The simple definition is: a person, place or thing.

    Here are some examples:

    * person: man, woman, teacher, John, Mary
    * place: home, office, town, countryside, America
    * thing: table, car, banana, money, music, love, dog, monkey

    The problem with this definition is that it does not explain why "love" is a noun but can also be a verb.

    Another (more complicated) way of recognizing a noun is by its:

    1. Ending
    2. Position
    3. Function

    1. Noun Ending

    There are certain word endings that show that a word is a noun, for example:

    * -ity > nationality
    * -ment > appointment
    * -ness > happiness
    * -ation > relation
    * -hood > childhood

    But this is not true for the word endings of all nouns. For example, the noun "spoonful" ends in -ful, but the adjective "careful" also ends in -ful.

    2. Position in Sentence

    We can often recognise a noun by its position in the sentence.

    Nouns often come after a determiner (a determiner is a word like a, an, the, this, my, such):

    * a relief
    * an afternoon
    * the doctor
    * this word
    * my house
    * such stupidity

    Nouns often come after one or more adjectives:

    * a great relief
    * a peaceful afternoon
    * the tall, Indian doctor
    * this difficult word
    * my brown and white house
    * such crass stupidity

    3. Function in a Sentence

    Nouns have certain functions (jobs) in a sentence, for example:

    * subject of verb: Doctors work hard.
    * object of verb: He likes coffee.
    * subject and object of verb: Teachers teach students.

    But the subject or object of a sentence is not always a noun. It could be a pronoun or a phrase. In the sentence "My doctor works hard", the noun is "doctor" but the subject is "My doctor".
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