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Nouns

Introduction to Nouns

A noun is the name of a person, place, thing or idea.

For example:

He is Ram.

(‘Ram’ is the name of a person.)

He lives in Kanpur.

(‘Kanpur’ is the name of a place.)

He likes ice cream.

(‘Ice cream’ is the name of a thing.)

He thinks honesty is the best policy.

(‘Honesty’ and ‘policy’ are the names of ideas.)

Sometimes a phrase can perform the role of a noun in a sentence.

For example:

I saw a ghost in the bed.

(Here, the phrase ‘a ghost in the bed’ answers the question ‘what?’. It is the object of the verb ‘saw’. Hence, it is acting as a noun.)

Sometimes a clause can perform the role of a noun in a sentence.

For example:

He saw that you were hiding from your wife.

(Here, the clause ‘that you were hiding from your wife’ acts as the object of the verb ‘saw’. You can ask the question ‘He saw what?’ and get the clause as the answer. Hence, in this sentence, the clause acts as a noun.)

A noun is the name of a person, place, thing or idea.

For example:

He is Ram.

(‘Ram’ is the name of a person.)

He lives in Kanpur.

(‘Kanpur’ is the name of a place.)

He likes ice cream.

(‘Ice cream’ is the name of a thing.)

He thinks honesty is the best policy.

(‘Honesty’ and ‘policy’ are the names of ideas.)

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