Noun: a naming word

You can’t live without a noun. It is that common. Let’s look at the definition of a noun in English.

Nouns and their types

What is a noun in English?

Definition of a noun: A noun in English is just a name. That’s all it is: just a name. But a name of what?

A noun is a name given to something or somebody. Everything that exists or is made has a name to it. Being a life (a human being, an animal, a bird) or a thing (a place, an object), or an abstract idea (an emotion/feeling, a subject, a concept, an activity, a quality), everything that we have in life has a name to it.

And that name is nothing but a noun. A noun is not just a name of a person, place or thing; it is a name of anything that exists (physically or non-physically).

Look at whatever you have around you. Whatever it is; it has a name to it, and that name is nothing but a noun.

List of major noun names that we have:

CategoriesNoun names
1. People


man, woman, teacher, doctor, Max, singer, boy, girl, Virat Kohli, etc.

(According to different specifications and qualities a human
being possesses, we give a name to the person.)
2. Thingswatch, book, car, table, house, milk, rice, apple, potato, dust, etc.
3. Placesgarden, city, town, hospital, school, college, park, nursery, library, etc.
4. SubjectsEnglish, Hindi, Economics, Marketing, Arts, Science, Geology, etc.
5. Feelings
or emotions
love, hate, anger, frustration, admiration, sad, ecstasy, etc.
6. Ideas/conceptspolygamy, democracy, marriage, divorce, meditation, individualism,
politics, etc.
7. Qualitieshonesty, bravery, beauty, humility, calmness, courage, tranquility, loyalty, truthfulness, etc.
8. Activitiesdancing, singing, teaching, driving, running, drinking, etc.
9. Animals/birdstiger, elephant, snake, penguin, peacock, cock, cow, crocodile, etc.
Different categories for nouns

So, now we know a noun in English is just a name. A name of any of these things. But is there a method to find nouns in English? Let’s find out.

How to identify a noun in English?

Some nouns names end in a certain pattern, and others are specific names of people, things, places, and subjects that don’t have a specific pattern to them.

We have to be familiarized with these names in order to know they are nouns, but there are nouns in English that can be identified on the basis of how they are formed.

(A) Nouns/words that end with ‘lity

Words that end with lity are usually noun names. Here are some examples:

locality, nationality, reality, agility, quality, personality, equality, fidelity, morality, stability, inability, sexuality, disability, visibility, possibility, inaudibility, spirituality, functionality, accountability, responsibility, confidentiality, etc.

Note: most nouns/words that end with ‘lity‘ are generally made out of adjectives.

AdjectivesNouns
Local
Ex – It is a local area.
Locality
Ex – This locality is great.
National
Ex – It is a national issue.
Nationality
Ex – Don’t question my nationality.
Real
Ex – She is not real.
Reality
Ex – The reality is different.
Agile
Ex – The kid is quite agile.
Agility
Ex – You need agility to do this.
Equal
Ex – It is equal.
Equality
Ex – We are fighting for equality.
words ending with ‘lity’

(B) Nouns/words ending with ‘lty

Cruelty, faculty, loyalty, royalty, novelty, difficulty, casualty, etc.

Note: noun names that end with ‘lty’ are formed out of adjectives.

AdjectivesNouns
Cruel
Ex – You are very cruel.
Cruelty
Ex – We are aware of their cruelty.
Loyal
Ex – You are not loyal to me.
Loyalty
Ex – We want loyalty from you.
Novel
Ex – This guy is extremely novel.
Novelty
Ex – Some novelty in this read is needed.
Difficult
Ex – The question is difficult.
Difficulty
Ex – No difficulty was faced during the test.
Nouns/Words ending with ‘lty’

(C) Nouns names/words ending with ‘tion

Words that end with tion are generally nouns. Here are some examples:

Pollution, corruption, eruption, attraction, solution, situation, relation, imagination, translation, position, organization, evaluation, summarization, description, option, contribution, caution, affection, regulation, relaxation, nation, edition, etc.

Note: most words that end with ‘tion’ are made out of verbs.

VerbsNouns
Pollute
Ex – Don’t pollute the hall.
Pollution
Ex – Pollution is a huge problem here.
Elect
Ex – We will not elect him again.
Election
Ex -The election is coming soon.
Corrupt
Ex – Don’t corrupt the company.
Corruption
Ex – Corruption is everywhere.
Relate
Ex – Anyone can relate to your story.
Relation
Ex – It does not have any relation to this.
Attract
Ex – You can attract anyone.
Attraction
Ex – There is an attraction between the two.
Noun names/words ending with ‘tion’

(D) Nouns names/words ending with ‘sion

Words that end with sion are generally nouns. Here are some examples:

supervision, vision, fusion, passion, mission, collusion, tension, session, pension, version, omission, allusion, infusion, revision, division, admission, expansion, inclusion, exclusion, collision, depression, submission, discussion, permission, etc.

Note: most noun names/words that end in ‘sion’ are made out of verbs.

VerbsNouns
Supervise
Ex – He supervises the staff.
Supervision
Ex – His supervision is badly needed now.
Divide
Ex – We can’t divide the money.
Division
Ex – The division of property will be the solution.
Infuse
Ex – Let’s infuse this into the project.
Infusion
Ex – The infusion of drugs into your body resulted in this alergy.
Admit
Ex – Do you admit stealing the money?
Admission
Ex – I will take the admission here.
Expand
Ex – The company can’t expand the business anymore.
Expansion
Ex – The company can’t afford the expansion.
Noun names/words ending with ‘sion’

Nouns are categorized into five types

  1. Proper noun
  2. Common noun
  3. Collective noun
  4. Abstract noun
  5. Material noun

These are the five types of nouns that exist in English.

A detailed YouTube lesson on nouns

2 thoughts on “Noun: a naming word”

  1. You are so amazing. The way you teach it’s natural work. It helps to talk correctly and logically. Thanks Aashish. Good job.

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