A noun is a word that indicates or names a person, place, thing or idea. Nouns also indicate names or activities, collections or groups of things, concepts, conditions, events and qualities. The different types of nouns are listed below.

Common Nouns

Common nouns indicate ordinary things of no particular emphasis. Examples of comomon nouns are:

desk         apple         child

Proper Nouns

Proper nouns name a specific person, group, event, thing or place. Examples of proper nouns are:

a band- The Beatles                         a group- The Royal Canandian Mounted Police

a person- Mr. Smith                        a place – London

Concrete Nouns

Concrete nouns are things that can be experienced with the five senses: you see them, hear them,
smell them, taste them, and feel them. Examples of concrete nouns are:

tiger        cake         train

Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns are things which cannot be experienced with the senses, they are ideas or concepts.
Examples of abstract nouns are:

intelligence        exellence         goodness

Collective Nouns

Collective nouns refer to a group of things that is treated as a single entity. The group consists of individual members, but the group is seen as one whole unit. Examples of collective nouns are:

class         gaggle         clan

Compound Nouns

Compound nouns are two nouns put together to make a new noun. Examples of compound nouns are:

baseball         briefcase         pineapple

Count Nouns

Count nouns refer to things that we can count. Examples of count nouns are:

airplane         magazine         bowl

Non-Count Nouns

Non-count nouns refer to things that we cannot count. Examples of non-count nouns are:

water         oil          information

Possessive Nouns

Possessive nouns indicate ownership or close relationship. Examples of possessive nouns are:

the car’s tire                    the woman’s purse


For more information about nouns and their use take a look at

The Basics of English Grammar

Other links for Nouns
XX Definition of Noun
XX Kinds of Nouns
XX Function of Nouns


An explanation of nouns- including their classification, number and singular or plural–