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Video:Quick Tip: What is a Noun?

with Heather Kamins

Understanding how a noun is used in proper grammar is essential to learning the English language and improving your writing. Watch this About.com video to learn exactly what a noun is.See Transcript

Transcript:Quick Tip: What is a Noun?

Hi, I'm Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to talk to you about what is a noun.

Noun: Person, Place or Thing

A noun is a part of speech that names a person, place or thing. Nouns can be single, like car or woman; or plural, like cars or women. Common nouns describe a general thing, like 'state.'

Proper Nouns

Proper nouns describe a specific thing, like 'Vermont.' Proper nouns are generally capitalized. Nouns serve several different functions within sentences, most commonly as the subject. Every sentence has to have one, and that's the person, place or thing that does the action in the sentence. For example: the horse galloped away.A noun can also be an object in a sentence, and that's the thing that has the action done to it. So for example: the horse ate the apple. In that sentence, horse is the subject, apple is the object, and they're both nouns.

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