A noun is a name. The moment we name something that exists or does not exist, that name becomes anoun. A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or an idea.
A Proper Noun
— names a specific person, place, or thing. A proper noun almost always begins with acapital letter.E.g. Sachin, King Asoka, Far East, Delhi, India, God, Hindi, Hinduism, the Bharatiya Janata Party….
— name everything else. Common nouns usually are not capitalized.E.g. man, city, nation, pen ….
— These are names of ideas and are theoretical and intangible.E.g. information, anger, education, melancholy, softness, violence ….
— These are combinations of different nouns.E.g. girl friend, fish merchant, play ground …
— These are nouns which can take a singular form but are composed of more than oneindividual person or items.E.g. jury, team, class, committee, herd, flock
A Noun Phrase
— A Noun phrase is frequently a noun accompanied by modifiers, is a group of relatedwords acting as a noun.E.g. the fee reduction proposal, the oil depletion allowance, the abnormal behaviour, hideously enlargednose
A Noun Clause
— A group of related words can act as a single noun-like entity within a sentence. A Nounclause contains a subject and verb and can do anything that a noun can do:
What he does to the street children
is a blessing.Take a closer look at the following categories of nouns, as situations in competitive exams test your awareness of these.
— Simply, these can be countedE.g. six
— Sometimes these are called Mass Nouns as it is not always possible to count them.E.g. wood, cloth, ice, etc.