Types of Nouns: Abstract nouns and collective nouns with examples

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What is a Noun?

A noun is the name of a person, place, or thing. When we specify who or what we are particularly speaking of for the listener to be able to relate to, that’s called a noun.

How can we identify the type of Noun?

There are 4 main types of nouns to identify:

  • Proper Noun: These are names of anybody or of something you specifically imply to or when you are referring to a particular person or place or thing.
    Examples: Wall Street Journal, Albert Einstein, London, Monday, etc
  • Common Noun: It refers to the name of a class or section of people, animals, or things.
    Examples: Teacher, Nurse, Street, Post office, Table, Bench, etc
  • Abstract Noun: They are nouns used to define anything that cannot be seen, touched, or sensed by any of our senses. An idea, a state of being, a feeling, a quality, or a characteristic quality can be termed as abstract nouns.
    For example, you can be sad, and feel the emotion, but not touch it, smell it, taste, or even see it, but you do know it exists within you.
  • Collective Noun: Nouns that are considered to be a group of nouns or a set of things or people. They are a group of common nouns and can be counted. 
    For example, a banana is a common noun, the collective noun for it
    will be a bunch of bananas/hand of bananas.

What is an Abstract Noun?

Any ideas, emotions, and other “things” you can’t physically see, taste, hear, smell or touch is called Abstract Noun.

Examples of Abstract Nouns:

Examples of common Abstract nouns used often in English conversations:

Emotions / Feelings: Happiness, anger, jealousy, laughter, love, hatred, worry, fear, stress, anxiety, etc

Attributes/qualities: Pride, poverty, strength, wisdom, bravery, cruelty, youth, beauty, honesty, hatred, truth, etc

Ideas/concepts: Beliefs, dreaming, trust, knowledge, information, vision, etc

What are Collective Nouns?

Any number of people or things or groups and collections are known as Collective Noun.

Examples of Collective Nouns:

  • A class of people.                                        
  • A pack of cards.
  • A team of players
  • A basket of fruits
  • A hand of bananas
  • A clump of trees
  • A brood of hens
  • A troop/ tribe of monkeys
  • A pride/ ostentation of peacocks
  • A patrol of policemen
  • A staff of teachers
  • A flight of birds
  • A school/ shoal of fish
  • A fleet of ship
  • A pack of wolves                 
  • A cluster of bees
  • A library of books
  • A line of cars
  • A constellation of stars
  • A huddle of penguins

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