Types of Nouns

A noun is the name we give to a person, place, thing, event, substance, quality, or idea.  Nouns can be sorted into a number of sub-catergories: common, proper, countable, uncountable, concrete and abstract

Here is a classroom poster that explains what these types of nouns are.

It can be printed in A3 and used in writing areas or for small group activities.  It can also be printed in A4 and used as  reference in students English workbooks.



Types of Nouns Poster

Common

The name of a thing. It represents one of a type of thing or all of the group. When used in a sentence it will have “the”, “a” or “an” in front of it.

(a cat, an elephant, a book, a library)


Proper

Things that have a clear individual identity; they are one of a kind.

(Melissa, London, Cinderella, King Kong, Disney Land)


Countable

Things that can become plural.

(snakes, toads, chairs, tables, doors, handles)


Uncountable

Things that can't become plural.

(laughter, cutlery, people, furniture, anger)


Concrete

Things that can be observed by at least one of the senses.

(grapes, perfume, velvet, sand)


Abstract

Things that can't be observed by the senses.

(hatred, love, jealousy, hope)

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