Noun Summary



moving day

Identify specific English grammar points that need review.

Noun Phrase

Noun / Noun Phrase: recognize how it is used in a clause

Beginning – Advanced ESL, native speakers

A private jet

jet  (noun)

A private jet (noun phrase)



Noun Suffixes

Noun Suffixes: form nouns from other word forms

Beginning – Advanced ESL, native speakers

A jet landing

Our plane arrived at noon. (verb form)

The arrival of our plane was at noon. (noun form)


We departed on time. (verb form)

Our departure was on time. (noun form)


Our landing was on time. (noun form)

Landing was difficult.(gerund)


Plural Suffixes

Regular Plural Nouns: mark nouns with plural form -s

Beginning ESL


Two apples were swinging on a high branch.

Two tomatoes were on the plant.

Two leaves were on the ground.

Two roofs blew away.


Irregular Plural Nouns: mark nouns with plural forms

Beginning ESL


Two cacti were along side of the highway.

Two deer stood by the road.

Two indices were incomplete.

Two formulas were used.

The dat were received.

All the fishes in the sea…

Plural Linked Words: mark plurals of hyphenated words, letters and numbers

Int – Advanced ESL & Native Speakers

people on sidewalk 

We watched the passers-by.

He earned As and Bs.

We watch the 747s take off.

Send me cc's and bcc's of your messages.

Accommodation has two c's and two m's.

Eating cakes and cookies are no-no's.

Unusual Noun Forms: recognize unusual noun-verb agreement

Beginning ESL


A sheep is walking on the road.
Two sheep are walking on the road.

The news is good today!
Mathematics is an important course.
The measles is a serious disease.

The police are at the door.
The cattle are coming in from the pasture.

Twenty minutes is a short time.
These twenty minutes are passing slowly


Count / Noncount Nouns

Count/Noncount: recognize the collective word for individual items

Beginning ESL


My hair is clean.

Some blond hairs are on your jacket.

Group Nouns: refer to items collectively

Beginning ESL


 She had a computer, printer, fax and scanner.

She had a lot of equipment.

Count-Noncount Practice: practice agreement in sentences and paragraphs

Beginning ESL


I use my laptop all day.  I look up general information and  (detail / details) ____. 

I have learned a lot of (vocabulary/ vocabularies) ____.

Genitive Nouns

Genitive Nouns: indicate a relationship between two nouns

Beginning — Intermediate ESL

The class' soccer team

Our school's soccer team won several games.

The schools' soccer teams won several games.

The class's soccer team. v. The class' soccer team. (style manual variation)

Today's news / tomorrow's weather / Sunday's newspaper.



Noun—Verb Agreement

Subj Predicate Agr: mark verbs for third person singular agreement

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

Wakes up early 

Simon get up at 6 a.m. everyday.

Final -S Practice: edit nouns and verbs for final -S / -ES

Beginning ESL


Tom work at a grocery store.

Every day, he arrive early to do his chore.


Final –S Audio: listen for final "s" as /s/ or /z/

Beginning ESL


rope [s]

robes  [z]

Agreement—Nouns with Modifiers: recognize the true subject (in agreement with the verb)

Intermediate ESL, Native Speakers

monkey emerging from bananas

At least three quarters of the monkeys – in the zoo – suffer from nutritional deficiencies.

The monkey  – under the bananas – is hiding.
The monkeys  – under the bananas – are hiding.

Sentence Edit: edit for articles, pronouns and singular-plural agreement

Beginning–Intermediate ESL


*When my mother was child, she lived in small town.


Paragraph Editing: using agreement within an essay

Intermediate ESL

scuba diver

 *My family enjoy scuba-diving, so nearly every vacation, we go on a diving trip.


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