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Nouns - Definition, Overview, and Lists of Examples

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What's a noun?

Below you’ll find links to our discussion on nouns. We recommend that you start with the first topic,Nouns - Words That Name. At the bottom of each page, you’ll find links to “Next” and to “Previous.” So start with the first topic and then click “Next” to read our entire discussion on nouns.

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Cast of Characters

In these discussions, you'll meet various characters: Miss Hamrick is my eighth-grade English teacher (bless her soul); Amber and Igor are cave-dwelling, primitive ancestors, who, along with Miss Hamrick, invented the English language 6,412 years ago.

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Table of Contents

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