A common noun is a more generalized version of a proper noun, which names a specific living or non-living thing, place, or idea. Proper nouns include the names of the months, the days of the week, organizations, people and their titles, places, books, plays, movies, newspapers, and more.
Nouns are basic to sentence structure because they, along with pronouns, serve as the subject of the sentence. And, of course, no sentence can be complete without a subject.
Common Nouns give you a concrete way to talk about the people, places, and things around you. However, too many English learners focus on memorizing long lists of nouns in the beginning. While you may eventually learn all those nouns, mastering a shorter, more targeted list is a better use of your time.
There are five general classifications of common nouns:
Abstract nouns: Things you can’t see or touch (e.g., sadness, hope, justice).
Collective nouns: Describe groups (e.g., class, jury, team).
Compound nouns: Nouns made up of more than one word (e.g., bus stop, haircut, sunrise, sister-in-law).
Concrete nouns: Things you can see or touch (e.g., door, table, dish).
Non-countable nouns: Objects or ideas you can’t count, that lack a plural form (e.g., music, oxygen).
This is a list of the upto 300 common nouns that are most frequently used in written English. Learning to use these nouns is a good starting place for any beginner English learner who wants to build up his English vocabulary.
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