Person, Place, Thing, Idea, Action or Quality

Word up, the word noun is a noun and there are 8 major parts of speech in English grammar, which include the noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition and the interjection.  These eight parts of speech are all collective nouns, because they each refer to a group of things.  I know it is weird, but the word verb is a noun, as a verb is either a thing or idea, so that makes it is a noun.  If that isn’t weird enough, the English language has something called a verbal noun, which is formed from or otherwise corresponds to a verb, but despite being derived from a verb it has no verb-like properties.  Dare I mention the gerund, which is a form that is derived from a verb, but it functions as a noun.  Every gerund, without exception, ends with the suffix ‘ing’, and although it is similar to a verbal noun, the two are not identical, as a gerund retains properties of a verb.  A sentence is a linguistic unit consisting of one or more words that are grammatically linked, so saying “Absolutely delicious!” would be a sentence without a noun or verb.

Do we need to get into the difference between a proper noun, a common noun, a concrete noun, an abstract noun, a count noun, a mass noun and a collective noun, I think not as it would be much more fun to find words that rhyme with noun, like brown, clown, crown, down, drown, frown, gown, town, around and renown.  The 50 most popular nouns are, area, book, business, case, child, company, country, day, eye, fact, family, government, group, hand, home, job, life, lot, man, money, month, mother, Mr., night, number, part, people, place, point, problem, program, question, right, room, school, state, story, student, study, system, thing, time, water, way, week, woman, word, work, world and year.

Written for 6/9/18 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is to “start with a noun”.

7 thoughts on “Person, Place, Thing, Idea, Action or Quality

    1. Gerunds and verbal nouns are two noun forms that are derived from verbs. Many people tend to confuse gerunds and verbal nouns, but the main difference between a gerund and a verbal noun is that a gerund can take an object whereas a verbal noun cannot.


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