A Lovely List of Nouns

This list of nouns should help you understand nouns a little better. 

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!

List of Nouns

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

Seeing a list of nouns is a great way to learn what nouns are, but sentence diagramming can teach you what nouns do. Did you know that nouns perform many different jobs in our sentences? Below, you'll find sentence diagrams for seven of the noun jobs.

Are you wondering what a sentence diagram is? 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.

1. Nouns can be subjects. Subjects tell us whom or what a sentence is about.

 The students happily studied grammar.

Sentence Diagram with a Subject Noun www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-nouns.html

2. Nouns can be direct objects. Direct objects receive the action of transitive active verbs.

 The students happily studied grammar.

Sentence Diagram with a Direct Object Noun www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-nouns.html

3. Nouns can be indirect objects. Indirect objects tell us to whom or for whom the action of the verb is done. 

 They taught their friends grammar.

Sentence Diagram with an Indirect Object Noun www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-nouns.html

4. Nouns can be objects of prepositions. Objects of prepositions are nouns that come after prepositions in prepositional phrases.

 Their friends smiled with glee.

Sentence Diagram with an Object of the Preposition Noun www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-nouns.html

5. Nouns can be predicate nouns. Predicate nouns are nouns that come after linking verbs. They rename the subject of the sentence.

 They were grammar champions!

Sentence Diagram with a Predicate Noun www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-nouns.html

6. Nouns can be objective complements. Objective complements are nouns that complete the direct object.

They elected my uncle mayor.

Sentence Diagram with an Objective Complement Noun www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-nouns.html

7. Nouns can be appositives. Appositives are nouns that rename other nouns.

My friend Marianne likes cupcakes.

Sentence Diagram with an Appositive Noun www.GrammarRevolution.com/list-of-nouns.html

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