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Different kinds of noun

You have probably learnt the rhyme, "A noun is the name of a person, place or thing." This is quite helpful to a point, but as you know by now there are different kinds of noun!

Common nouns are the names of things in general, such as cat, dog, road, city, skirt, colour etc.

A proper noun is the name of a particular person, place or thing, such as Kate, Billy, Manchester, Thames, Rover etc. All proper nouns start with a capital letter.

A collective noun is the name given to a group of things, for example a flock of birds or a herd of cows.

An abstract noun is something you can't see, hear, touch or taste. These can be emotions (happiness, grief) or states (peace, quiet) for example.

Decide which type of noun best describes the next ten words from the drop-down lists, then click on "Finished" to see how you did.

  1. Tuesday


  2. table


  3. joy


  4. shoal


  5. mouse


  6. fleet


  7. fear


  8. Leeds


  9. pencil


10. love

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