Nouns and Pronouns

Nouns

A noun is a word that names a person, a place, a thing, or an idea. In the sentence you just read, the nouns were noun, word, person, place, thing, and idea.

Nouns can either be subjects (the doers of an action) or objects (the recipients of an action). They can also be common (referring to something general, like rock) or proper (referring to something specific, like The Rock of Gibraltar).

David Mansfield wrote this article. David Mansfield also wrote the introduction to the entire guide.

Pronouns

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a more specific noun. For example, instead of saying:

You could say:

David Mansfield wrote this article. He also wrote the introduction to the entire guide.

He is a pronoun that takes the place of the noun "David Mansfield." Pronoun-specific advice is available in our articles on pronoun agreement and personal pronouns.

Parts of Speech

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