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Any word that we use to describe, define, or address a person, animal, place, or object is a noun.


Noun is a word which names a person, place or a thing.

Examples of noun in sentences

Let’s take some examples for more clarity.

  • John is walking. (Who is walking? = John)
  • Las Vegas is a city. (What is a city? = Las Vegas)
  • My book is on the table. (What is on the table? = Book)


Above mentioned sentences list an example of a word which either names a person, place or a thing. Hence, these words (marked in blue) are nouns.

Also, a noun will answer the questions "WHO" or "WHAT". This means that noun is anything for which people have to invent a name.

The word thing in the definition of noun refers to everything which doesn’t have a life.

  • For example:
    • Things like book, table, pencil, pen, paper, etc., are examples of a noun.
      • These are the things that you can touch, see, and feel.
    • Things like mathematics, physics, sports, etc., are the examples of a noun.
      • These are the names of subject (things) that you know exist but you can’t see or touch them. Of course, the books of these subjects are the ones that you can touch, see and feel, but not the subject itself.
    • Things like honesty, wisdom, success, etc., are also the examples of a noun.
      • These are the qualities that you can feel, but you can’t touch or see them.

Let’s take a look at some more examples of a noun:

  • Person: John, Donald, George, boy, girl, man, woman, etc.
    • Any word which refers to a living person.
  • Place: home, office, café, bar, salon, Toronto, Canada, Mumbai, India, etc.
    • Any word which refers to a place.
  • Thing: book, money, bills, history, freedom, etc.
    • Any word which refers to something which does not have a life.

Practice Exercises 1:

Write 5 sentences which contains noun as a person, place or a thing.

Practice exercise 2:

Underline the noun in the following sentences

  1. Ashoka was a wise king.
  2. Chhatrapati Shivaji was a brave warrior.
  3. Shyam is a boy.
  4. Puja is a girl.
  5. Dhairya is a child.
  6. Vikram was a brave soldier.
  7. Solomon was famous for his wisdom.
  8. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of India.
  9. Rahul is a good gymnast.
  10. The Godavary overflows its banks every year.
  11. The Ganga is a holy river.
  12. The elephant has great strength.
  13. A dog is a man’s best friend.
  14. An ant is a very small animal.
  15. Giraffe has a long neck.
  16. Horses run fast.
  17. The room is thirty five feet wide.
  18. The house is 15 feet tall.
  19. The wall is blue in colour.
  20. New Delhi is India’s capital.
  21. Tokyo is a beautiful city.
  22. Ontario has many lakes.
  23. Hollywood is a studio.
  24. Mumbai never sleeps.
  25. The ship sails on water.
  26. The car runs on road.
  27. The train travels on tracks.
  28. The soldiers were rewarded for their bravery.
  29. He saw a fleet of ships in the harbour.
  30. The streets of some of our cities are known for their crookedness.
  31. You must see a doctor for your toothache.
  32. Cynthia is clever because she always learns her lessons.
  33. All the kids should go to school.
  34. Children should be allowed to play outdoor games.
  35. Every child is special.
  36. As they say, no news is good news.
  37. Napolean is one of the greatest military general of all time.
  38. India is a secular country.
  39. Unites States of America is a democratic country.

If you are searching for answers for the above exercise, please save yourself from this labor because I am not going to give you any answers.

Tips and tricks:

Tips to solve the above exercise:
1). Look for the name of a person, place, thing, or quality.

2). Ask the question "WHO" to find your answer.
 For example: In the first sentence, ask the question "Who was the wise king?" The answer is Ashoka. Hence "Ashoka" is the noun in this case.

3). Ask the question "WHAT" to find your answer.
For example: In sentence number 26, ask the question "What runs on the road?" The answer is car. Hence "car" is a noun in this sentence.

4) “THE” word trick. Use the word in question in a four word sentence beginning with the word “THE”. The _________ is __________.
For example: The house is blue.

5) “A” and “An” word trick. This is just like “The” word trick.

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In the next chapter, we will learn about different types of noun.

Proper noun

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