Exercise: Nouns

1. Identify the nouns

1. The fat cat sat on the mat.
2. Please submit your assignments by the end of the class.
3. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
4. Revel the night, rob, murder, and commit / The oldest sins the newest kind of ways? (Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2, act 4 scene 5.)

ANSWERS

1. The fat cat sat on the mat. (Nouns: cat, mat)
2. Please submit your assignments by the end of the day. (Nouns: assignments, end, day)
3. Cleanliness is next to godliness. (Nouns: cleanliness, godliness)
4. Revel the night, rob, murder, and commit / The oldest sins the newest kind of ways? (Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2, act 4 scene 5.) (Nouns: night, sins, kind, ways)

 

2. Singular or Plural? Fill in the blanks.

If -s is added to a singular noun, it becomes a plural noun. An easy way to recognise is to see the verb. Singular nouns are followed by a singular verb; whereas, plural nouns are followed by a plural verb. However, some nouns have only one form, either a singular form or a plural form.

1. This equipment sells for ten ___ dollars.
hundred
hundreds

2. His ___ insignificant but he has high hopes.
resources are
resources is

3. He does not ___ his teachers.
respect
respects

4. ___ not only bite but also cause malaria.
Mosquito
Mosquitoes

5. The weight of the ball is seven ___.
pound
pounds

6. The vendor sold seven ___ apples.
dozen
dozens

7. India won by an ___ and six runs.
inning
innings

8. The ___ in the room smells obnoxious.
air
airs

9. His ___ fell on deaf ears.
advice
advices
advise

10. The ___ train arrived on time.
good
goods

11. The water from both the pipes flowed with a ___.
force
forces

12. The ___ needs servicing.
car
cars

ANSWERS

1. This equipment sells for ten hundred dollars.
2. His resources are insignificant but he has high hopes.
3. He does not respect his teachers.
4. Mosquitoes not only bite but also cause malaria.
5. The weight of the ball is seven pounds.
6. The vendor sold seven dozen apples.
7. The Indian cricket team won by an innings and six runs. (Innings, in cricket, is both singular and plural.)
8. The air in the room smells obnoxious.
9. His advice fell on deaf ears. (You give advice. Advice is an uncountable noun, hence there is no plural. You advise someone.)
10. The goods train arrived on time.
11. The water from both the pipes flowed with a force.
12. The car needs servicing. (The cars need servicing.)


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