Types of Nouns with Examples

The word used to name persons, places, things, animals, feelings, etc. are called Nouns.


  • Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  • The boy is on the tree.
  • Stephan bought a new car.
  • I am going to London.
  • Evelyn works very hard.

Following are some different types of nouns:

1. Common Noun

A common noun is a non-specific person, place, or thing. Common nouns are usually not capitalized. Common nouns can be concrete, abstract, or collective.

Examples: King, city, country, planet, animal, father, chair, cow, apple, sad, flower etc.

2. Proper Noun

A proper noun is a particular person, place, thing or idea. Proper nouns always begin with a capital letter.

Examples: India, New York, Charles Dickens, Jupiter, Nike, Microsoft etc.

3. Countable Noun

A countable noun is a noun that can be counted. It can be singular or plural.

Examples: Oranges, boys, tables, books, dogs, coins, bottles etc.

4. Uncountable Noun

An uncountable noun is a noun that cannot be counted.

Example: water, rice, milk, sand, fear, love, air etc.

5. Collective Noun

A collective noun is a group of people, place, or thing.

Examples: army, team, class, fleet, police, herd, jury etc.

6. Abstract Noun

Abstract nouns are things that cannot be felt by the senses.

Examples: beauty, joy, courage, fear, hope, trust etc.

7. Concrete Noun

Concrete nouns are things that can be touched or seen.

Examples: bus, pen, chair, bed, conditioner, bag, boy etc.

8. Material Noun

A material noun is a material or substance out of which things are made.

Examples: gold, iron, silver, flour, calcium etc.

9. Compound Noun

A compound noun is a noun that is made with two or more words.

Example: football, blackboard, breakfast, sunrise, haircut, washing machine etc.

10. Possessive Noun

Possessive nouns show ownership or possession.

Examples: cat’s, dog’s, boy’s, car’s, men’s, wife’s, Charles’s, kid’s etc.

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