Nouns 02 - Types of Nouns
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Nouns 02 - Types of Nouns

Fundamental to learning English is the role of a noun - one of the eight parts of speech. With the help of nouns we are able to identify our friends or pets, convey an idea to someone and show our feelings to our loved ones. Nouns can name people, objects, animals, places, events, quantities and countries. In the previous quiz we were able to identify nouns from other parts of speech. In this quiz we will learn to classify the nouns into their different types.

Nouns are classified into types, such as collective, proper, common, abstract, uncountable, countable, compound, plural and concrete nouns like so:

A COLLECTIVE NOUN is used when referring to a group of people or things.
A PROPER NOUN is the name of a particular place, person or thing.
A COMMON NOUN is a name we use for any person or thing that belongs to a particular kind or class.
An ABSTRACT NOUN is used to refer to a state or quality.
An UNCOUNTABLE NOUN is used when we cannot subdivide the elements.
A COUNTABLE NOUN is a noun that can be counted.
A COMPOUND NOUN is a noun that is formed out of two words.
A PLURAL NOUN is one which can have plurals.
A CONCRETE NOUN is one which refers to physical objects that can be observed by the senses.

From seeing these different types of nouns it is quite clear that nouns can be termed as naming words. Nouns are classified under different types based on the things we want to name. Remember that nouns are so versatile that the same noun can be classified under more than one type! The quiz that follows helps you to classify nouns.

1.
"My FAMILY is going to BANGALORE next MONTH." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Collective, Proper, Abstract
Collective, Common, Abstract
Common, Collective, Abstract
Common, Proper, Collective
FAMILY consists of parents and their children and hence is a collective noun. BANGALORE is the name of a city and hence a proper noun and remember proper nouns always begin with a capital letter. MONTH is something that you can't feel with your senses and so is an abstract noun. However, month could also be a common noun as it represents one of twelve months. Again, the names of the month (such as January) are also proper nouns
2.
"She said 'Your HAPPINESS is most important to your HUSBAND and MOTHER-IN-LAW'." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Collective, Common, Compound
Abstract, Common, Compound
Abstract, Concrete, Plural
Countable, Proper, Proper
HAPPINESS is a state of mind and hence an abstract noun. HUSBAND is a common noun as it refers to any husband. MOTHER-IN-LAW is a compound noun as it is made up of two separate words
3.
"His WEALTH is the ENVY of his FRIENDS." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Collective, Abstract, Collective
Abstract, Abstract, Plural
Abstract, Concrete, Collective
Proper, Abstract, Countable
WEALTH is an abstract noun as it represents a great quantity of valuable possessions, property, or other riches. ENVY is also an abstract noun as it represents an emotion. FRIENDS is the plural of friend
4.
"The HISTORY of the CITY is recorded in a BOOK." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Abstract, Abstract, Abstract
Abstract, Proper, Abstract
Common, Collective, Abstract
Abstract, Common, Common
HISTORY is an abstract noun as it recounts past events. CITY is a common noun as it can represent any city. Remember, if you name a city, say London, it would be a proper noun. BOOK represents any book and so is a common noun
5.
"The GROUP of friends fell into the WATER of the RIVER." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Proper, Common, Common
Collective, Uncountable, Common
Common, Collective, Countable
Common, Common, Common
GROUP can mean, say a group of tourists, a group of students and a group of teachers and hence is a collective noun. WATER is measured in volume and not in numbers and hence is an uncountable noun. RIVER is a common noun as it can mean any river. Please remember names of specific rivers, say India's holy river of Ganges, are proper nouns
6.
"The CAT drank the MILK from the SAUCER." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Abstract, Common, Common
Proper, Common, Common
Common, Uncountable, Common
Common, Compound, Common
CAT is a common noun. If you give the cat a name, then the name would be a proper noun. MILK is an uncountable noun as it cannot be counted just in numbers, but rather in volume. SAUCER is a common noun
7.
"MONKEYS swing on the BRANCHES of TREES." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Plural, Abstract, Common
Plural, Collective, Plural
Collective, Collective, Collective
Plural, Plural, Plural
MONKEYS, BRANCHES and TREES are all plural forms of singular common nouns - monkey, branch and tree respectively
8.
"The TABLECLOTH was soiled and the WAITER removed it from the TABLE." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Compound, Common, Common
Compound, Proper, Collective
Abstract, Plural, Uncountable
Concrete, Common, Proper
TABLECLOTH is a compound noun as it comprises two words - table and cloth. WAITER is a common noun and TABLE is also a common noun
9.
"LAKSHMI loves to climb a MOUNTAIN every SUNDAY." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Proper, Common, Collective
Collective, Common, Proper
Abstract, Common, Proper
Proper, Common, Proper
LAKSHMI is the name of a person and hence a proper noun and likewise SUNDAY is the name of a day and hence a proper noun. MOUNTAIN is the common name for any mountain. If we were to name a particular mountain, such as Mount Everest, that would be a proper noun
10.
"Her FEAR was his BELIEF in RELIGION." - Which kind of nouns are the words in capitals?
Abstract, Abstract, Abstract
Collective, Abstract, Abstract
Abstract, Collective, Abstract
Abstract, Abstract, Collective
FEAR, BELIEF and RELIGION are all abstract nouns as they represent an emotion, an opinion or conviction, and a set of beliefs
Author:  V T Narendra

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