What Is a Noun?

Nouns are any naming words for people, animals, places, things, ideas, and qualities. In fact, they name everything around us including those that are invisible (wind, gas, vapour).


A noun in a sentence can be recognized by the word called determiner or an adjective that comes before it. The determiner (articles are also determiners) can be one of the following:

  • Articles: the, a, an
  • Determiner: my, some, this
  • Descriptive adjective: red, old, beautiful



Different types of nouns

There are many different types of nouns. The most common ones are common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and abstract nouns. Many nouns belong to more than one of these categories. For example, the noun elephant is a common noun, a concrete noun as well as a countable noun.