A Lovely List of Nouns

This list of nouns should help you understand nouns a little better. For definitions of the following noun categories, go to the noun page. 

Quick Refresher

Nouns are words that name people, places, things, or ideas.

Before you look at the list of nouns, I'd like to point out that each noun fits into more than one of the categories below.

For example, the word train is a common, concrete, countable, singular noun. Got it? Good!

Noun Type


Common Nouns name people, places or things that are not specific. man, mountain, state, ocean, country, building, cat, airline
Proper Nouns name specific people, places, or things. Walt Disney, Mount Kilimanjaro, Minnesota, Atlantic Ocean, Australia, Empire State Building, Fluffy, Sun Country
Abstract Nouns name nouns that you can't perceive with your five senses. love, wealth, happiness, pride, fear, religion, belief, history, communication
Concrete Nouns name nouns that you can perceive with your five senses. house, ocean, Uncle Mike, bird, photograph, banana, eyes, light, sun, dog, suitcase, flowers
Countable Nouns name nouns that you can count. bed, cat, movie, train, country, book, phone, match, speaker, clock, pen, David, violin
Uncountable Nouns name nouns that you can't count. milk, rice, snow, rain, water, food, music
Compound Nouns are made up of two or more words. tablecloth, eyeglasses, New York, photograph, daughter-in-law, pigtails, sunlight, snowflake
Collective Nouns refer to things or people as a unit. bunch, audience, flock, team, group, family, band, village
Singular Nouns name one person, place, thing, or idea. cat, sock, ship, hero, monkey, baby, match
Plural Nouns name more than one person, place, thing, or idea. cats, socks, ships, heroes, monkeys, babies, matches
Possessive Nouns show ownership. Mom's car, Beth's cat, the student's book

Nouns + Sentence Diagrams = Awesomeness

Seeing a list of nouns is a great way to learn what a noun is.

Sentence diagramming can teach you what a noun does.

Sentence diagramming is a visual way to show how the words in a sentence are related to each other.

Since nouns can do many things in a sentence, the way they are diagrammed depends on the way that they are acting in each sentence.

Here is a diagram of the following noun jobs: subject, direct object, indirect object, and object of the preposition.

Subject: The students happily studied grammar.

Direct Object: The students happily studied grammar.

Indirect Object: They taught their friends grammar.

Object of the Preposition: Their friends smiled with glee.

Predicate Nouns: They were grammar champions!

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