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Revise Your Nouns: Different Types

In worksheet, students revise distinguishing between common, proper, collective and abstract nouns.

'Revise Your Nouns: Different Types' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:   Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Nouns can be divided into concrete nouns and abstract nouns.

 

A concrete noun describes something that we can see, hear, smell, touch or taste, such as dog, spaghetti or perfume.

 

An abstract noun describes something that we can't see, hear, smell, touch or taste, such as happiness, pain or love.

 

Concrete nouns can be divided into three smaller groups: common nouns, proper nouns and collective nouns.

 

Common nouns describe people, places or things, but as a general class rather than a particular individual, e.g. doctor, city, cat.

 

Proper nouns describe particular people, places or things, and always begin with a capital letter, e.g. Doctor Jones, Manchester, Molly.

 

Collective nouns are nouns that describe groups of things, e.g. flock, team, crowd.

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

 

Ocean

Concrete noun

Abstract noun

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

 

Jealousy

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 concrete noun is a common noun, a proper noun or a collective noun.

 

Disneyworld

Common noun

Proper noun

Collective noun

Decide whether the following concrete noun is a common noun, a proper noun or a collective noun.

 

uncle

Common noun

Proper noun

Abstract noun

Decide whether the following concrete noun is a common noun, a proper noun or a collective noun.

 

choir

Common noun

Proper noun

Collective noun

The following sentence contains an abstract noun. Find it and write it in the answer box.

 

Jessie was full of relief when her puppy turned up safe and sound.

The following sentence contains a collective noun. Find it and write it in the answer box.

 

There was a large herd of cows in the field.

The following sentence contains a proper noun. Find it and write it in the answer box.

 

My cousin went to Spain on holiday last year.

The following sentence contains an abstract noun. Find it and write it in the answer box.

 

Harriet always took great pride in her work.

  • Question 1

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

 

Ocean

CORRECT ANSWER
Concrete noun
EDDIE SAYS
Can you remember the way to work out the difference between these two types of nouns? Concrete means that it is something that we can see or touch, whereas an abstract noun is something that we can't see but might feel. We can see and touch the ocean (if we are near it!) so this must be a concrete noun. Let's keep going!
  • Question 2

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

 

Jealousy

CORRECT ANSWER
Abstract noun
EDDIE SAYS
OK, can you remember how to tell the difference? Concrete nouns are things that we can see or touch, whereas an abstract noun is something that exists but we cannot see or touch, like different types of feelings. Jealousy is an unpleasant feeling that humans can have when they want something that someone else has. So, jealousy must be an example of an abstract noun.
  • Question 3

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

 

Happiness

CORRECT ANSWER
Abstract noun
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this now? This one could be a bit tricky as lots of people feel like they can see happiness on peoples' faces but happiness is a feeling and not something we can see directly (we can see its effect, in the way someone may behave) Remember, we really need to think each time about whether we can physically touch and see the noun to know if it is abstract or concrete. Here's a way to remember if you are struggling, concrete is something that people use when building, it is something that we can see and we could touch (not that we would want to!) see if that helps!
  • Question 4

Decide whether the following concrete noun is a common noun, a proper noun or a collective noun.

 

Disneyworld

CORRECT ANSWER
Proper noun
EDDIE SAYS
Disneyworld is a proper noun, we know this because it is the name of an actual place. There are not Disneyworld's in every town like you may experience with the word 'shops', it is really specific. So it must be a proper noun and because of this MUST have a capital letter!
  • Question 5

Decide whether the following concrete noun is a common noun, a proper noun or a collective noun.

 

uncle

CORRECT ANSWER
Common noun
EDDIE SAYS
Did this one confuse you? If we just talk about an uncle then it is a common noun. If we talked about Uncle John we would be referring to a particular person so then it would be a proper noun. Think about it like this, uncle is a name so it must be a type of noun but if you could use that name to multiple people or places it must be a common noun.
  • Question 6

Decide whether the following concrete noun is a common noun, a proper noun or a collective noun.

 

choir

CORRECT ANSWER
Collective noun
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do here? This one could have caught you out as you may have felt it was a common noun, but let's think carefully about what a choir is. A choir is a name for a group of people who like to come together and sing. There is more than one person required to make up this noun and we can think of it as they collect together to become a choir.
  • Question 7

The following sentence contains an abstract noun. Find it and write it in the answer box.

 

Jessie was full of relief when her puppy turned up safe and sound.

CORRECT ANSWER
Relief
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find the abstract noun? The clue is in the word abstract as we know these types of nouns relate to our feelings. In this sentence, Jessie feels 'relief' when her puppy is found, so this must be our abstract noun.
  • Question 8

The following sentence contains a collective noun. Find it and write it in the answer box.

 

There was a large herd of cows in the field.

CORRECT ANSWER
Herd
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one right? The noun 'herd' is collective as there must be more than one cow to make up a herd.
  • Question 9

The following sentence contains a proper noun. Find it and write it in the answer box.

 

My cousin went to Spain on holiday last year.

CORRECT ANSWER
Spain
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find it? Spain is the proper noun in this sentence. Did you remember to write your answer with a capital letter? It's a proper noun so this is really important here!
  • Question 10

The following sentence contains an abstract noun. Find it and write it in the answer box.

 

Harriet always took great pride in her work.

CORRECT ANSWER
pride
EDDIE SAYS
Last question... we've got to find another abstract noun! You should know by now that abstract nouns are nouns that refer to feelings. When we look through this sentence we can see that 'pride' is the feeling in this one. That's another activity completed, well done! Why not see what other activities you can complete to test your understanding of different types of nouns?
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