DEFINITION: A noun is a word that names a person, a place, a thing, or an idea.
- A concrete noun names an object that occupies space or that can be recognized by the senses. e.g. water, dinosaur, leave.
- An abstract noun names an idea, a quality, or a characteristic. e.g. surprise, wellness, intelligence
- A singular noun names one person, place, thing, or idea.
- A plural noun names more than one.
- A proper noun is the name of a particular person, place, thing, or idea. e.g. William Shakespeare, Argentina, May
- A common noun is the general -not the particular- name of a person, a place, a thing, or an idea. e.g. writer, country, month
- A collective noun names a group. e.g. jury, committee
DEFINITION: A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun.
IMPORTANT: The word or group of words that a pronoun refers to is called its antecedent.
- A personal pronoun refers to a specific person or thing. e.g. He wants to be awarded the Nobel prize!
- A reflexive pronoun refers to a noun or another pronoun and indicates that the same person or thing is involved. e.g He discovered the answer himself.
- A possessive adjective takes the place of the possessive form of a noun. e.g His discovery will change the history of science.
- A demonstrative pronoun points out specific persons, places, things, or ideas. e.g That is his laboratory.
- An interrogative pronoun is used to form questions. e.g Who wants to be a Nobel Prize?
- A relative pronoun is used to begin a special subject-verb word group called a subordinate clause. e.g This is the scientist who discovered the vaccine against cholera.
- An indefinite pronoun refers to people, places, or things in a general way. (all, another, any, anything, everything, both, ...) e.g Is there anything to add?
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DEADLINE: MAY 22