Noun and Its Kinds : English for SBI IBPS Bank PO/ Clerk Exams


A noun is the name of a person, creature, place or thing.

There are 5 kinds of Noun

  1. Proper Noun
    Proper Noun is the name of some particular person, creature, place or thing. Proper nouns are always written with a capital letter at the beginning.
    Tom (Name of a particular person)  
    Delhi (Name of a  particular place)
    R.D. Sharma Book (Name of a particular book)
  2. Common Noun
    Common Noun is a name given in common to every person or thing of the same class or kind.

    1. Suppose, there are two mobiles. One is Nokia’s and another one is Samsung’s. What is common in both? They both are mobile. So ‘mobile’ is a common noun.
    2. Suppose there are two boys; Tom and Hunter. What is common in both? They both are boys. So ‘boy’ is a common noun.
  3. Collective Noun
    A Collective noun is the name of a number(or collection) of persons or things taken together and spoken of as one whole.
    People (group of persons)

    Crowd (group of persons)
    Batch (group of students)
    Team (group of players)
    Bunch (group of grapes)
    Family (group of members)
  4. Material Noun
    Material Noun denotes the Name of a material.
    Examples: Gold, Silver, Copper, Glass, Wood, Stone etc.
  5. Abstract Noun
    Abstract Noun is something that we can’t touch or see; we can only feel it. In other words, A person can’t physically interact with such things. We can’t see, touch, hear, smell or taste these nouns. Examples: Honesty, Love, Theft, Hate, Time, Thinking, Feelings, Mathematics, Expectation etc.

Point to remember: Some words can act like a noun in some cases and as a verb in some other cases. Like a word love. 

Love is life. [Love used as Noun]
I love you. [love is some work done by I on you] 


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