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Parts of Speech: Learning the Different Types of Nouns With Tutoring Help

Grammar can tend to get a bad reputation among students because just like in math, many of the grammar rules and concepts require previous knowledge of the basic terms. Today at The Tutoring Center near Salem, we want to focus on nouns and explain the different types of subcategories that nouns can have.

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When learning the parts of speech, nouns are usually the first to be learned because they seem to be one of the simpler forms of words. However, there are several classifications of nouns.  All nouns are words that represent a person, place, or thing. The most basic classification for nouns are common and proper nouns. Then there are abstract and concrete nouns, compound nouns, collective nouns, and count and non-count nouns. To be able to truly grasp all grammar concepts and more detailed types of parts of speech, some students need to spend more time going over the terms with someone that can answer all their doubts. It is also helpful for many students to receive several explanations of those terms until they find one that makes the most sense. Tutoring gives students the opportunity to receive that extra attention they need in order to achieve better results in grammar and other tedious subjects. To start helping your child improve, contact The Tutoring Center in Salem today.

Proper Nouns and Common Nouns

All nouns are either common or proper but not all nouns fall under the rest of the classifications. Common nouns and proper nouns are used to identify whether a noun is a general word or a specific name. A proper noun states the actual name of a person, place, or thing. For example, the nouns Kevin, Standford, and Macbook are all proper nouns because they stand for the actual name of a person, a place, and a thing. Now, if we were to use the words boy, university, and laptop those would be common nouns because they stand for the general term for a person, place, or thing. In other words, a common noun is the standard term and a proper noun is the individual name of that person place or thing. Keep in mind that it is easy to distinguish between common and proper nouns because a proper noun is always capitalized and a common noun is not.

Other Types of Nouns

  • Compound nouns. When two words or more join together to make one noun they are called compound nouns. It could be a single word like basketball. It could even be words with a hyphen such as mother-in-law or words that are separated but stand for the same element such as post office.
  • Concrete nouns. Any noun that can be sensed by one of your five senses is a concrete noun. Examples: apple, bread, cat, chair, etc.
  • Abstract nouns. When a noun is more hypothetical or vague, it can be considered an abstract noun. Abstract nouns cannot be literally touched, felt, seen, heard, or tasted. Examples: liberty, power, hate, etc.
  • Collective nouns. These types of nouns are  words that refer to groups of persons, places, or things. For example, the word choir refers to a group of singers. An example of a collective noun for a thing is batch of bread, and an example of a collective noun for a place would be a chain of islands.
  • Count nouns.  Like the name itself mentions, these nouns can be counted. Count nouns are basically nouns that can be written in singular or plural. Examples: car, pen, restaurant, notebook, etc.  All those words can be written with an ¨s¨ at the end to make them plural. When using a count noun you cannot write the word ¨much¨ before it. For example, it would be incorrect to say: ¨there are much pens.¨ Instead, you would use the word ¨many.¨ Count nouns answer the question of how many and not how much.
  • Non-count nouns. This type of noun is also known as a mass noun and cannot be written in plural (with an ¨s¨ at the end). Non-count nouns are named that way because they cannot be counted, but they can be measured. Non-count nouns cannot be preceded by the word ¨many¨ because they answer the question of ¨how much?¨ Examples: meat, wood, sugar, etc. Most non-count nouns need a measure word in order to express how much. For example: The cake recipe calls for one cup of sugar. The words ¨one cup¨ tell us how much sugar we are talking about.

Greater Grammar Proficiency With Tutoring Near Salem

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