Nouns 01
Paris is a proper noun and needs a capital letter.

Nouns 01

This KS2 English quiz takes a first look at nouns. Nouns are the names of persons, places or things. Proper nouns are those with capital letters: Paris, John, English, Australia are all proper nouns. If a word belongs with 'the' or 'a', such as 'the apple' or 'a tree', it is a noun. Nouns can also belong to someone or something: 'the dog's collar', or 'my headache'.

In most, if not all, sentences, there is at least one noun. You will already have learned some of them in KS1, but see if you can spot them in this KS2 quiz.

If you get full marks, you are really getting to know about nouns!

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  1. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    The group decided to create a presentation about South Africa.
    'Group' is an example of a collective noun - it is singular although it represents a collection. You know that it's a noun because you can say 'the group' or 'a group'.
  2. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    The children in the classroom were very quiet during the exam.
    'Quiet' is an adjective in this sentence (quiet children). In this sentence, however, 'quiet' is a noun: 'I just want some peace and quiet!'
  3. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    The man put the hammer on the table.
    'On' is a preposition.
  4. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    The dog chased the cat up a tree.
    'Chased' is a verb.
  5. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    Looking out of the window, Anna saw the first snowflakes fall.
    'Fall' is a verb.
  6. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    Give the dirty cups and glasses to Bill.
    'Dirty' is an adjective.
  7. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    Cardiff is the capital of Wales.
    Cardiff and Wales are both proper nouns because they are the names of places. Proper nouns always begin with a capital letter.
  8. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    Nathan took the train to Durham.
    Remember to capitalise proper nouns.
  9. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    The cupboard was filled with packets of flour.
    Cupboard, packets and flour are concrete objects - they can be seen and touched.
  10. Find the nouns in the sentence.
    The audience gave a round of applause.
    This one's tricky! 'The audience' and 'a round' are obviously nouns because they go with the words 'the' and 'a'. 'Applause' can also be used with the word 'the' - 'The applause was deafening'.

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