Recently I realised that the goal of this blog was to improve my writing and that I had lost sight of that. To rectify this, I have decided to take an in-depth look at all the aspects of writing, starting with nouns.
I have used My grammar and I by Caroline Taggart and Grammarly’s blog post on noun’s as a resource for this post.
This should be a quick one? The essence of a noun is that it is a ‘naming word’.
However, as is the way with the English language, there are many categories and sub-categories within the categories of nouns. So, without further ado, let’s get into nouns. Fun fact: every sentence must have a subject, and the subject will be a noun.
Nouns can also be the verb of a sentence, just to confuse things. An object can either be an indirect or direct object. A direct object is a noun that receives the action from the subject. An indirect is much rarer and is the recipient of a direct object.
Common nouns are nouns used to name a person, animal, place, thing or abstract idea. An abstract idea would be success, failure, delight, boredom etc.
There are two sub-categories of common nouns, concrete and abstract nouns.
Abstract nouns names something that has no physical existence, such as success, delight and failure.
Concrete nouns are used to name something you can sense with your senses – sight, smell, touch, sound, taste – e.g. parsnip, red, umami etc
All I have to say is why?
Proper nouns are used to name a specific person, animal, place or thing. Christmas, Wednesday, John etc
A compound noun as you may have guessed is a noun mad up of more than one word; normally it is two nouns but could be an adjective to.
Science-fiction, level cap, word limit, truck driver etc.
Yet another way of categorising nouns is by countable and non-countable nouns; why you would want to do this, I have no idea.
Countable nouns are used to name something that can be counted; I am not going to bother giving examples for this other than words, 238 words…Use fewer when talking about these nouns, again I don’t know why, probably just convention and now we cant be bothered to consolidate.
non-countable nouns: air, food, sand, wisdom, stupidity etc. Use ‘less’ when talking about these nouns
Last one, I promise!
A collective noun refers to a group or number of individuals, such as staff, team, jury, colony. Basically, there are loads, check this out for all animal related collective nouns.
The key point is that it is one noun that talks about many of the same.
An issue with the collective noun is that one can refer to a group acting together, or all the groups the members of a group acting as individuals.
There is much more to this subject and I am not the man for the job, here is a good resource
I will leave plural and singular nouns for another day.