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Recognise Noun Types

In this worksheet, students examine different nouns and decide on their purpose.

'Recognise Noun Types' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Noun Phrase Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A noun is a word that describes a person, animal, place or thing. Nouns that describe something that you can see, hear, smell, touch or taste are called concrete nouns.

For example:

soldier

thunder

ice cream

camel

 

Some nouns describe things that you can't see, hear, smell, touch or taste. These are called abstract nouns.

For example:

love

anger

bravery

success

 

In this worksheet you can practise deciding whether nouns are concrete or abstract.

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

doctor

concrete noun

abstract noun

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

elephant

concrete noun

abstract noun

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

pain

concrete noun

abstract noun

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

school

concrete noun

abstract noun

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

happiness

concrete noun

abstract noun

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

honesty

concrete noun

abstract noun

This sentence contains one abstract noun. Write it in the answer box.

 

Mrs Jones felt great pride in her daughter when she won the competition.

What is the abstract noun in this sentence?

 

Their friendship is very deep.

What is the abstract noun in this sentence?

 

Josie showed great courage in facing her enemy.

What is the abstract noun in this sentence?

 

I have great faith in your driving.

  • Question 1

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

doctor

CORRECT ANSWER
concrete noun
EDDIE SAYS
Glad to see you having a go! This is a concrete noun. Remember concrete nouns are things that we can see, hear, touch or taste. A doctor is someone we can see.
  • Question 2

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

elephant

CORRECT ANSWER
concrete noun
EDDIE SAYS
You can see an elephant so it is a concrete noun. Think of the word concrete giving you a clue. Concrete is something that is there it can't be moved easily so we can see it, touch it and even taste it if we wanted to!
  • Question 3

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

pain

CORRECT ANSWER
abstract noun
EDDIE SAYS
This is quite tricky. You can feel pain, but it is not a physical thing that you can touch, so it is an abstract noun. You got this!
  • Question 4

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

school

CORRECT ANSWER
concrete noun
EDDIE SAYS
School is a place we can go, we can see it and touch it. It is a concrete noun. Keep it up!
  • Question 5

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

happiness

CORRECT ANSWER
abstract noun
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? Happiness is a feeling. Although people can look happy we can not actually see it, instead we may see smiling or laughing. We can not touch it, so it is an abstract noun.
  • Question 6

Decide whether the following noun is a concrete noun or an abstract noun.

 

honesty

CORRECT ANSWER
abstract noun
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? In the same way as happiness, honesty is not an object that we can touch or pick up. It is an abstract noun.
  • Question 7

This sentence contains one abstract noun. Write it in the answer box.

 

Mrs Jones felt great pride in her daughter when she won the competition.

CORRECT ANSWER
pride
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! 'pride' is the abstract noun. It is something that is felt, rather than being seen or touched. Abstract nouns are often feelings.
  • Question 8

What is the abstract noun in this sentence?

 

Their friendship is very deep.

CORRECT ANSWER
friendship
EDDIE SAYS
High five nearly there! 'Friendship' is an abstract noun. We can have friendship but we can not touch it or physically hold it in our hands.
  • Question 9

What is the abstract noun in this sentence?

 

Josie showed great courage in facing her enemy.

CORRECT ANSWER
courage
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! Courage is an abstract noun. It is a way to describe how someone or something is feeling.
  • Question 10

What is the abstract noun in this sentence?

 

I have great faith in your driving.

CORRECT ANSWER
faith
EDDIE SAYS
Great work you super star! 'Faith' is an abstract noun. We can have faith but it is not something that we can actually see or touch.
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