Nouns Practice

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Nouns Practice

Proper Nouns or Proper Adjectives

Determine whether the boldfaced words are proper nouns or proper adjectives in the following sentences.

  1. Did you ever see the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey?
  2. We had a quiet dinner at Maison d'France on our first date.
  3. This UPS tracking code seems to have expired.
  4. He hopes to be accepted at Rutgers University in New Jersey next year.
  5. The Smithsonian Institute comprises more than 19 museums in the nation's capital of Washington, D.C.
  6. A Degas painting once sold for over four million dollars at Sotheby's, an auction house in London.
  7. You can see for miles from the top of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.
  8. The French toast was exceptionally delicious at breakfast this morning.
  9. The French toast the New Year with the phrase "bonne annèe!"

Concrete Nouns or Abstract Nouns

Identify the boldfaced nouns in the following sentences as either concrete or abstract.

  1. The caring message written in my get-well card was evidence of Kim's thoughtfulness and compassion.
  2. The globalization of capitalism has become tremendous in the last quarter-century due to improved technology.
  3. There's a lot to be said for the age-old adage "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
  4. His intuition told him to swerve right in order to avoid the potential accident.

Collective Nouns

Identify the correct verb or pronoun for each collective noun in the following sentences.

  1. A dozen roses (is, are) a thoughtful gift for Valentine's Day.
  2. A dozen students (is, are) going to the library to study for finals.
  3. The class took (its, their) yearly field trip to Camp Arrowhead this past April.
  4. The class completed (its, their) exam in American History and did very well.
  5. The committee submitted (its, their) findings on the case to the jury.
  6. The committee took (its, their) seat(s) to hear the verdict.

Identify the Six Types of Nouns

Can you identify the six types of nouns in the following sentences? Identify each boldfaced noun as common, proper, concrete, abstract, collective, or compound. Some nouns may fit into more than one category.

  1. Place the stamp on the upper right-hand corner of the envelope addressed to Phillip Ware.
  2. It seemed as though the long and brutal snowstorm was starting to give way, and some peace was finally going to ensue.
  3. The army of ants attacked the defenseless caterpillar on my front sidewalk.
  4. Tristan carried a deck of cards with him to pass the time in between performances.


  1. proper noun
  2. proper noun
  3. proper adjective (UPS is modifying tracking code)
  4. proper noun, proper noun
  5. proper noun, proper noun
  6. proper adjective (Degas is modifying painting), proper noun, proper noun
  7. proper noun, proper noun
  8. proper adjective (French is modifying toast)
  9. proper noun (here, French is a proper noun meaning people from France, and toast is a verb), proper noun
  10. concrete, concrete, concrete, abstract, abstract
  11. abstract, abstract, concrete, abstract
  12. concrete, abstract, concrete, concrete
  13. abstract, concrete, concrete
  14. is
  15. are
  16. its
  17. their
  18. its
  19. their
  20. stamp: common, concrete; corner: common, concrete; envelope: common, concrete; Phillip Ware: proper
  21. snowstorm: common, concrete; peace: common, abstract
  22. army: common, concrete, collective; ants: common, concrete; caterpillar: common, concrete; sidewalk: common, concrete, compound
  23. Tristan: proper; deck: common, concrete, collective; time: common, abstract; performances: common, concrete
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