Common nouns are words that name general persons, places, or things, and they begin with lowercase letters.
school, ignorance, sunshine, teacher, city
Proper nouns are words that name specific persons, places, or things, and they being with capital letters.
Mazama High School, Robin, Japan, President Obama, Lincoln Memorial, Enlightenment
Count nouns are common nouns that name general persons, places, or things that can be counted, either singularly or plural.
boy, boys OR town, towns OR pigeon, pigeons OR religion, religions
Non-count nouns are common nouns that name things or ideas that can’t be counted or made plural.
gold, rain, gravel, goodness, ignorance, air
Singular nouns are any nouns that represent only one person, place, or thing.
purse, county, man, failure, Amazon River, Albatross Island
Plural nouns are count nouns that represent several persons, places, or things.
purses, counties, men, Cascade Mountains, Canary Islands
Specific (or definite) nouns are words that name people, places, or things that can be identified within a group of the same type.
- The students in Professor Alan’s class are very bright.
- The train carrying the President was an hour early.
- The books in the car were damaged.
General (or indefinite) nouns are words that name categories of people, places, or things, and are often plural.
- Teachers should grade.
- Plays help people connect.
- The subway has made commuting between libraries easy.