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.

Ex – It is a local area.
Ex – This locality is great.
Ex – It is a national issue.
Ex – Don’t question my nationality.
Ex – She is not real.
Ex – The reality is different.
Ex – The kid is quite agile.
Ex – You need agility to do this.
Ex – It is equal.
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.

Ex – You are very cruel.
Ex – We are aware of their cruelty.
Ex – You are not loyal to me.
Ex – We want loyalty from you.
Ex – This guy is extremely novel.
Ex – Some novelty in this read is needed.
Ex – The question is difficult.
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.

Ex – Don’t pollute the hall.
Ex – Pollution is a huge problem here.
Ex – We will not elect him again.
Ex -The election is coming soon.
Ex – Don’t corrupt the company.
Ex – Corruption is everywhere.
Ex – Anyone can relate to your story.
Ex – It does not have any relation to this.
Ex – You can attract anyone.
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.

Ex – He supervises the staff.
Ex – His supervision is badly needed now.
Ex – We can’t divide the money.
Ex – The division of property will be the solution.
Ex – Let’s infuse this into the project.
Ex – The infusion of drugs into your body resulted in this alergy.
Ex – Do you admit stealing the money?
Ex – I will take the admission here.
Ex – The company can’t expand the business anymore.
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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