Nouns - Definition, Overview, and Lists of Examples
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