Lesson 19

Parts of Speech - Nouns

Nouns can also be classified in specific ways. Concrete nouns, abstract nouns, and compound nouns are three such ways. Concrete nouns name things that exist physically as sidewalk, bird, toy, hair, and rain. Abstract nouns name ideas, characteristics, or qualities as courage, pride, goodness, and success. Compound nouns are made up of more than one word as dining room, Bill of Rights, Jeff Hansen, and home run.

Instructions: In the following sentences find the nouns and classify them as concrete, abstract, or compound.

1. People like to see a home run hit over the wall.

People like to see a home run hit over the wall.
  People and wall  -- concrete nouns
  home run  -- compound noun

2. My daughter works for the post office in Salt Lake City.

My daughter works for the post office in Salt Lake City.
  daughter  -- concrete noun
  post office and Salt Lake City  -- compound nouns

3. Rhode Island is a success although smaller than Texas.

Rhode Island is a success although smaller than Texas.
  Rhode Island  -- compound noun
  success  -- abstract noun
  Texas  -- concrete noun

4. Respect must be earned, but honesty should always be our policy.

Respect must be earned, but honesty should always be our policy.
  Respect, honesty, and policy  -- abstract nouns

Compound nouns can also be concrete or abstract.

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