Section 1.1

Nouns

A noun refers to a person, place, thing, or idea. If you can perceive something through one of your five senses — sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch — it is probably a noun. Examples include:

runner
thunder
office
mouse
sushi
notebook
courtroom
desk
car
sandpaper

But some nouns describe abstract concepts and ideas, which cannot be perceived through the five senses. For example:

integrity
belief
justice
dishonesty
creativity

Keep in mind two special types of nouns. The first is the collective noun, which describes a plural concept but is singular in form. Examples include:

crowd
team
committee
couple
group

Another special noun type is the proper noun, which refers to a specific person, place, thing, or idea. Joan, New York City, and the American Bar Association are all examples of proper nouns.