Introduction to the Common Noun

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It’s very easy to identify a common noun in your surroundings.
You must have an idea of what a noun is. It is the name of a person, place, thing, or idea. Nouns can be classified into two groups: Proper noun and Common noun. In this article, we will learn what a common noun is referred to.

The general items everywhere around us are referred to as common nouns.
Go into your bedroom. What do you see there? Bed, lamp, books, T.V, clothes - all are common nouns.

If you leave the house and go into a park, you’ll see trees, plants, benches, chairs, flowers - all these things are common nouns.

Places like malls, parks, schools, colleges, hospitals are also common nouns. People like grandmother, father, mother, sister, brother are common nouns too.

But, the important term to keep in mind is that the common nouns are the general names. They are not necessarily written in capital letters (unless they come at the first place in a sentence).

To differentiate further between a common and proper noun; here is a chart that will remove your confusion.

common noun proper noun
Restaurant Taj hotel
Jeans Tommy Hilfiger
Burger Mcdonald’s
Waiter Raja
Country India

Types of common nouns

There are two types of common nouns: countable and uncountable nouns.

Countable Nouns
Countable nouns can be singular or plural and they can easily be calculated.
For example six dogs, two hundred miles, and a thousand pages.

Uncountable Nouns
They are also called non-countable nouns and are in singular form only. We can not calculate their quantity.
For example a lot of water, fresh air in the garden, and green grass.

Rules for using articles for common nouns

The rules for using an article for a common noun are as follows:

1. Use the if a common noun is identified easily

  • Please switch off the lights.
  • We’re not going to the park tomorrow.
  • The food in India is awesome.

2. Use a/an if noun is used for a single item

  • Keep a copy in your bag.
  • Please use a pen to write in your book.

3. Do not use a/an with plural or uncountable nouns

  • Please pour some water for me.
  • I’ll drink milk in the evening.

4. Use quantifiers that are enough, many, a few, etc. if the amount of noun is unspecified and the amount exceeds one number

  • Komal showed me some gifts she got from America.
  • Many children go to their grandmother’s house in summers.
  • There isn’t enough rain this year.

5. Don’t use any article if the noun represents subject (plural) in the sentence

  • Teachers come into the class at 9:00 AM.
  • Actors are acting on the stage.
  • Diamonds come from coal.

All the sentences contain at least one noun. We need a noun to complete a sentence because without a noun; a sentence won’t give a proper meaning. Also, nothing will exist without nouns. Without common nouns, we won’t be able to say to someone or something (subject in a sentence).

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