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Describing language
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2.3 All the noun types together

Although so far you’ve focused on each category of nouns separately, nouns can be classified into more than one group. This should be clear if you look at how the categories relate to each other in the tree diagram below.

An inverted tree shape shows how the different categories of nouns fit together. Proper (E) and common branch off first, underneath common there are branches for count and non-count, and underneath each of those there are branches for abstract (A, C) and concrete (B, D).
Figure 4 How nouns are categorised.

Activity 7 Where in the tree does the noun go?

Timing: This activity should take you around 5 minutes

Look at the tree diagram in Figure 4 and consider the following words:

banana, idea, Napoleon, petrol, revenge

Which word goes at A, B, C, D and E, and what categories does each fall under as a result? The first one has been done for you.

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A. idea – a common, count, abstract noun

B. banana – a common, count, concrete noun

C. revenge – a common, non-count, abstract noun

D. petrol – a common, non-count, concrete noun

E. Napoleon – a proper noun