Of all the parts of speech, nouns are perhaps the most important. A noun is a word that identifies a person, animal, place, thing, or idea. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what makes a noun a noun, and we’ll provide some noun examples, along with some advice for using nouns in your sentences.
Identifying a Noun
When we first start to learn the parts of speech, trying to identify different words can seem like a challenge. This process gets easier with practice. Here are some noun examples to help you get started. The nouns in each sentence have been italicized.
Places as Noun:
The restaurant is open.
Let’s go to the beach.
Look over there.
Harvard and Yale are two famous universities.
Look! There’s the Eiffel Tower.
The dog barked at the cat.
Elephants never forget.
Sophie is my favorite horse.
Person as a Noun:
He is the person to see.
John started to run.
Plato was an influential Greek philosopher.
Sharon admires her grandfather.
My mother looks a lot like my grandmother, and I look very much like them.