Nouns

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Detailed information about the various types and functions of nouns in a sentence.
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Why are appositive phrases set off by commas? Appositive phrases are treated as asides that are not essential to the meaning of the sentence.
Can an infinitive be the subject of a sentence? Yes. In the sentence "To err is human", "to err" is the subject.
What famous line in Hamlet repeats the same infinitive twice? "To be or not to be, that is the question."
True or false: An infinitive can sometimes act as a noun. True
Is "sadness" a concrete noun? No. Although we feel sadness, we don't feel it in a literal way.
True or false: "Pumpkins" is a countable noun. True. We can count "pumpkins", so "pumpkins" is a countable noun.
True or false: "Freshness" is a collective noun. False. "Freshness" is an abstract noun.
True or false: "Flock" is a collective noun. True. "Flock" is a singular word referring to a group of individual beings, usually birds.
True or false: "Wine" is a non-countable (mass) noun. True. Wine cannot be counted.
Is "rain" a countable noun? No. We cannot count rain.
True or false: "Rims" is a countable noun. True. We can count rims.
True or false: "Air" is a countable noun. False. "Air" cannot be counted, so it is not a countable noun.
True or false: All proper nouns are capitalized. True
True or false: "Kleenex" and "Xerox" are the same type of noun. True. They are both proper nouns.
Are "Skippy" and "peanut" the same type of noun? No. "Skippy" is proper and "peanut" is common.
What is the difference between a proper noun and a common noun? A proper noun names a specific person, place, or thing, whereas a common noun does not specify by name.
True or false: nouns can appear anywhere in a sentence. True. There are no rules about where a noun can or cannot appear in a sentence.
What is a common noun? A common noun is a naming noun that is not capitalized.
What is a proper noun? A proper noun is a specifically named per, place, or thing.
What is an appositive phrase? An appositive phrase is a phrase set off by commas that tells the reader more about the noun or pronoun it modifies.
What is an appositive? An appositive modifies or clarifies the noun or noun phrase that precedes it.
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