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Nouns - Definition, Overview, and Lists of Examples

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What's a noun?

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Table of Contents

Nouns - Words That Name
Amber and Igor - Primitive Ancestors
Plurals of Nouns
Group Nouns - Singular or Plural
Possessives of Nouns
What Nouns Do
Groups of Words Acting as Nouns
A General Summary of Nouns
Nouns - What They Do - A Closer Look
Noun Function 1 - Subjects of Sentences or Clauses
Noun Function 2 - Subject Complements
Noun Function 3 - Direct Object of Transitive Verb
Noun Function 4 - Object of Verbal Phrase
Noun Function 5 – Indirect Object
Noun Functions 1-5 – Verb Dependent
Noun Function 6 – Object of the Preposition
Noun Functions 1-6 – Dependent Nouns
Noun Function 7 – Noun Appositives
Noun Function 8 – Noun Modifiers
Noun Function 9 – Noun Adverbs
Noun Function 10 – Noun Absolutes
A Summary of the 10 Functions of Nouns

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