Kinds of Nouns
Depending on what the noun is referring to a specific person, anything in general, something abstract or a group of things; we have different types of nouns. The nouns are of the following types:
A proper noun refers to something particular. These are usually capitalized. As in the above example, we are talking of a particular person – Ramesh. Ramesh is a proper noun.
A noun that is used in general is known as a common noun. It is a name common to all. In the example paragraph, the word student is a common noun. Any person who studies is known as a student.
These nouns denote things that we cannot touch, which are not tangible. Names of subjects are also considered abstract nouns. In the above example, Physics is an abstract noun.
Collective Noun is the name given to a collection of persons or things. When the group is referred to as one, it is known as a collective noun. Example: I have lost my bunch of keys.
Material Nouns refer to the constituent of a common noun. For example, in the sentence “The plastic chair is broken." The word plastic is a material noun. Material Nouns can be placed in the following groups:
Metals: gold, silver, copper, etc.
Products in bulk: tea, sugar, flour, milk, etc.
Geological Bodies: sand, rocks etc.
Natural Phenomena: rain, dew, etc.
Other Manufactured items: cloth, soap, plastic, wood, etc.