Nouns Overview

Nouns name a person, place, thing, idea, or quality that is used in a sentence as the subject or object or as the object of a preposition.

1st Grade Standard: Use common, proper, and possessive nouns; use singular and plural nouns.
2nd Grade Standard: Use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns; use collective nouns.
3rd Grade Standard: Use abstract nouns.

Common nouns are nouns that do not name a particular person, place, or thing.

Proper nouns name a specific person, place, or thing and are almost always capitalized. People’s names are proper nouns, as are the names of states, streets, rivers, oceans, countries, companies, institutions, churches, etc.

Plural nouns name more than one person, animal, place, thing, or idea.

Collective nouns refer to groups of people, animals, or things.

Possessive nouns show that someone (or something) owns an item.