Wikijunior:Gramma's Grammar/Parts of Speech/Nouns

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Nouns

The first part of speech is a noun.

A noun is a word that is a person, an animal, a place or a thing.

"Mailman", "library", "elephant" and "book" are all nouns. "Mailman" is a person, "elephant" is an animal, "library" is a place and "book" is a thing. "Eat", "happy" and "quickly" are not nouns. They are not people, animals, places or things. They are other parts of speech. "Eat" is a verb, "happy" is an adjective and "quickly" is an adverb. You may not know what verbs, adjectives and adverbs are yet, but that's OK.

Exercise[edit]

Tell if the words in bold are nouns.

  1. I went to the store today.
  2. I don't care.
  3. It seems the monkey fell out of the tree.
  4. Many people think that grammar is fun.
  5. If you eat eyeballs, you will get sick.
  6. I went to Washington on the weekend.
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  1. Store is a noun.
  2. Care is not a noun in that sentence.
  3. Monkey and tree are both nouns.
  4. Many is not a noun.
  5. Sick is not a noun.
  6. Washington and weekend are nouns.

Underline all the nouns.

  1. Jason doesn't want to go the play.
  2. Dad watched TV so much yesterday that his eyes started to hurt.
  3. I feel like having hamburgers.
  4. My sister is a singer.
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  1. Jason doesn't want to go the play.
  2. Dad watched TV so much yesterday that his eyes started to hurt.
  3. I feel like having hamburgers.
  4. My sister is a singer.