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Revise the Functions of Nouns and Pronouns

In this worksheet, students explore the functions of nouns and pronouns in order to understand how they combine with other words in their writing to convey patterns of meaning.

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

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QUESTION 1 of 10

Nouns are a vast class of words which are essential in order to understand both the English language and the world we live in. We use these words every day to name people, towns, cities, animals, plants, human values and emotions. These content words are divided into the following sub-classes to make it easier to understand their uses.

 

Proper Nouns

These are the names of specific people, places, titles or organisations. Proper nouns should always have a capital letter. For example: Mark Smith, Africa, Tesco, Volvo, Of Mice and Men.

 

Common Nouns

These name non-specific people, places, things or ideas. As they are not naming anything specific, they do not need to begin with a capital letter. For example: woman, boy, kitchen, shoe.

 

Concrete Nouns

This sub-category of nouns is defined by a physical existence. Concrete can be seen and sometimes touched and this can help you to remember this type of noun. Concrete nouns include common nouns and proper nouns.  For example: kettle, table, student, William Golding.

 

Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns have no obvious physical existence. They can include human values or emotions that can't be seen or touched. For example: jealousy, boredom, courage, gravity.

 

Pronouns

These are words that can replace nouns. They are also divided into sub-categories but personal pronouns are the main sub-class which can improve your writing if used consistently.

Personal pronouns indicate person and the grammatical sense of first, second and third.

 

Singular

Plural

First person

I

we

Second person

you

you

Third person

he/she/it

they

 

The first person pronouns 'I' and 'we' express the narrative viewpoint of the speaker. The second person pronoun 'you' refers to the person being spoken to. The third person pronouns 'he', 'she', 'it' and 'they' refer to the persons or things being spoken about.

 

Match the type of noun with the definition. Hover your mouse over the definitions to see them in full.

Column A

Column B

proper noun
the name of a non-specific person, place or thing,...
common noun
the name of a specific place, person or thing requ...
concrete noun
a type of noun referring to things that cannot be ...
abstract noun
a type of noun naming things that physically exist...

Which noun category/categories does the following phrase fit into?

 

Boeing 747

 

Choose as many options as you think are appropriate.

proper

common

concrete

abstract

Which type of word can stand in for or replace nouns? Write your answer in the box below.

Is the following word a concrete noun or an abstract noun?

 

friendship

concrete

abstract

Match up the pronouns with their grammatical person.

Column A

Column B

first person
'you'
second person
'he', 'she', 'it' or 'they'
third person
'I' or 'we'

Which noun category/categories does the following word fit into?

 

man

proper

common

concrete

abstract

Personal pronouns indicate person and the grammatical sense of first, second and third.

 

Which type of personal pronoun indicates the speaker's narrative perspective?

first person

second person

third person

Which noun category/categories does the following term fit into?

 

River Nile

common

proper

concrete

abstract

Which personal pronoun indicates the person or things being spoken about?

first person

second person

third person

Which noun category does the following word fit into?

 

despair

concrete

abstract

  • Question 1

Match the type of noun with the definition. Hover your mouse over the definitions to see them in full.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

proper noun
the name of a specific place, per...
common noun
the name of a non-specific person...
concrete noun
a type of noun naming things that...
abstract noun
a type of noun referring to thing...
EDDIE SAYS
It is important to remember that some nouns can fit into more than one category. For example, nouns can be both common and concrete or concrete and proper.
  • Question 2

Which noun category/categories does the following phrase fit into?

 

Boeing 747

 

Choose as many options as you think are appropriate.

CORRECT ANSWER
proper
concrete
EDDIE SAYS
As it is the name of a commercial airliner, this is a 'proper' noun requiring a capital letter. It also fits into the 'concrete' category as it physically exists.
  • Question 3

Which type of word can stand in for or replace nouns? Write your answer in the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
pronouns
pronoun
EDDIE SAYS
A pronoun can replace a noun and can create different effects in writing.
  • Question 4

Is the following word a concrete noun or an abstract noun?

 

friendship

CORRECT ANSWER
abstract
EDDIE SAYS
This is an example of an 'abstract' noun as it can't be seen or touched. Abstract nouns describe concepts, experiences, feelings, qualities or ideas.
  • Question 5

Match up the pronouns with their grammatical person.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

first person
'I' or 'we'
second person
'you'
third person
'he', 'she', 'it' or 'they'
EDDIE SAYS
Personal pronouns indicate person and the grammatical sense of first, second and third. They can be used in writing to show different perspectives.
  • Question 6

Which noun category/categories does the following word fit into?

 

man

CORRECT ANSWER
common
concrete
EDDIE SAYS
This is a 'common' noun as it is the name of a 'non-specific' person and therefore does not need a capital letter. It is also a 'concrete' noun as it physically exists.
  • Question 7

Personal pronouns indicate person and the grammatical sense of first, second and third.

 

Which type of personal pronoun indicates the speaker's narrative perspective?

CORRECT ANSWER
first person
EDDIE SAYS
The first person 'I' or 'we' reveals the viewpoint of the speaker/writer.
  • Question 8

Which noun category/categories does the following term fit into?

 

River Nile

CORRECT ANSWER
proper
concrete
EDDIE SAYS
This example is a 'proper' noun as it is the name of a place and requires a capital letter. It is also a 'concrete' noun as it physically exists.
  • Question 9

Which personal pronoun indicates the person or things being spoken about?

CORRECT ANSWER
third person
EDDIE SAYS
The third person ('he', 'she', 'it', 'they') indicates the persons or things being spoken about.
  • Question 10

Which noun category does the following word fit into?

 

despair

CORRECT ANSWER
abstract
EDDIE SAYS
This example is an 'abstract' noun as it is the name of a feeling which cannot be seen or touched.
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