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Grammar

Grammar

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Unit 1: Parts of Speech
Lesson 1

Nouns: Concrete, Abstract, and Collective
A noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea. A singular noun names one person, place, thing, or idea, and a plural noun names more than one. SINGULAR
friend
field
melody
freedom

PLURAL
friends
fields
melodies
freedoms

Grammar

Person:
Place:
Thing:
Idea:

A collective noun names a group. A collective noun is singular when it refers to the group as a whole. A collective noun is plural when it refers to the individual members of a group. The committee is studying the issue. (singular)

The committee have gone to lunch. (plural)

Exercise 1 Write S above each singular noun and pl. above each plural noun. pl.
pl.
The staff voted to rearrange their schedules.
S
S
S
1. Our group is planning a trip to New York.

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S
S
S
2. The fountain in Grant Park is lovely at night.
S
S
3. A crowd had formed outside the department store.
pl.
S
S
4. The class donated their time to the senior citizens’ center. S
pl.
pl.
5. A company of actors entertained the children.
pl.
S
pl.
pl.
6. Sheep grazed on the grassy plain while tourists took pictures. S
S
7. The soccer team will practice after the softball team.
S
pl.
pl.
8. The greenhouse was filled with orchids and irises.
S
S
pl.
9. This road follows the shoreline for five miles.
pl.
pl.
pl.
S
10. We saw surreys, covered wagons, and streetcars at the transportation museum. S
S
pl.
11. The art league sponsored a competition for high school students. S
S
S
12. Natalie and Suzanne often watch the evening news.
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pl.
S
S
13. Geese wandered into our pond and stayed for nearly a week. S
pl.
14. A vacant mansion was hidden behind the overgrown trees.
pl.
pl.
S
15. The show choir left their costumes in the auditorium.

A concrete noun names an object that occupies space or can be recognized by any of the senses. apple

odor

stars

actor

An abstract noun names an idea, a quality, or a characteristic. beauty

splendor

poverty

anger

success

Exercise 2 Write con. above each concrete noun and abst. above each abstract noun. con.
abst.
The flowers were a complete surprise.
abst.
con.
con.
1. His honesty impressed the members of the jury.
con.
abst.
con.
2. Carolyn is seeking compensation for her invention.
con.
abst.
3. My diary contains no secrets.
con.
con.
abst.
4. People gathered around the stage in amazement.
abst.
abst.
5. We have plans to celebrate the victory.
abst.
abst.
abst.
6. Rita’s notion of fairness is based on principle.
con.
con.
con.
7. Mrs. Sanchez built a generator just for this experiment.
con.
abst.
con.
8. Freida made every effort to win the race.
con.
con.
con.
con.
con.
9. Sherry can speak French, but Alicia knows both French and Spanish. abst.
con.
10. I finally understand the meaning of that song.
con.
con.
11. Juan has written an intriguing short story.
con.
con.
con.
12. Talia listens to her favorite rock music on the radio.
con.
abst.
abst.
con.
13. Earl expressed curiosity about the plot of the novel.
abst. con.
con.
con.
14. With a little luck, Stan will get loge tickets to the concert. con.
con.
abst.
abst.
15. Dwayne received an award for his devotion to this cause.

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Lesson 2

Nouns: Proper and Common
A proper noun is the name of a specific person, place, or thing. Proper nouns are capitalized. A common noun...
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