Lesson 20

Parts of Speech - Nouns

Three other specific classifications for nouns are collective nouns, count nouns, and mass nouns. Collective nouns name groups, such as team, class, and choir. Count nouns can be counted. You can use a, an, many, or a number before count nouns. Examples include: one boy, six sheep, and many days. Mass nouns are not countable and include words like gasoline, water, and dirt.

Instructions: Find the nouns in these sentences and classify them as collective nouns, count nouns, or mass nouns.

1. Get some gasoline, or the class will be late arriving.

Get some gasoline, or the class will be late arriving.
  gasoline  -- mass noun
  class  -- collective noun

2. The alien group should come by bus soon.

The alien group should come by bus soon.
  group  -- collective noun
  bus  -- count noun

3. The orchestra will be playing in the arena in the evening.

The orchestra will be playing in the arena in the evening.
  orchestra  -- collective noun
  arena and evening  -- count nouns

4. The water at the beach was covered with oil.

The water at the beach was covered with oil.
  water and oil  -- mass nouns
  beach  -- count noun
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