NOUNS - Ms. Blain's English 9

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Singular and Plural Nouns
• Nouns can be singular or plural,
depending upon whether they name one
person, place, thing, or idea or more than
• Singular: boy, body, watch, wife, ox
• Plural: boys, bodies, watches, wives,
Possessive Nouns
• The possessive form of a noun can show
possession, ownership, or the general
relationship between two nouns. Add an
apostrophe and –s to form the possessive
of a singular noun, even one that already
ends in –s. Use an apostrophe alone to
form the possessive of a plural noun that
ends in –s.
Possessive Nouns
Singular Possessive
the car’s hood
the baby’s bottle
the dish’s pattern
the valley’s town
the calf’s mother
the business’s payroll
Possessive Nouns
Plural Possessive
the cars’ hoods
the babies’ bottles
the dishes’ patterns
the valleys’ towns
the calves’ mothers
the businesses’ payrolls
Concrete and Abstract Nouns
• A concrete noun names an object that
occupies space or that can be recognized
by any of the senses.
– petal smoke
An abstract noun names an idea, a
quality, or a characteristic.
Proper Nouns
• A proper noun is the name of a particular
person, place, thing, or idea.
Person: Sean Connery Uncle Peter
Place: Mexico Lake George
Thing: Statue of Liberty Thanksgiving
Idea: Baroque Age Judaism
Common Nouns
• A common noun is the general-not the
particular-name of a person, place, thing,
or idea.
Person: actor uncle
Place: country lake
Thing: statue holiday
Idea: era religion
Collective Nouns
• A collective noun names a group.
(the) public
(the) press
(the) senate
(a) gaggle (of geese)
(an) audience
(the) board (of directors)
Collective Nouns
• You consider a collective noun singular
when you talk about a group as a whole.
• Singular: The audience shouts its
Collective Nouns
• You consider a collective noun plural when
you talk about the individual members of
the group.
• Plural: The audience have arrived in small