Noun Summary



cement handprints

Quiz 1: beginning – intermediate

Quiz 2: intermediate – advanced 

Noun Phrase

A private jet

jet  (noun)

A private jet (noun phrase)



Noun Suffixes

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


Two apples were swinging on a high branch.

Two tomatoes were on the plant.

Two leaves were on the ground.

Two roofs blew away.



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 ...

The mothers-in-law were chatting.

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.


big and small autos 

 One auto is on top of the other auto.  The (auto) _____ are very different in size.





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


  hairstrands of hair

My hair is clean.

Some blond hairs are on your jacket.



 She had a computer, printer, fax and scanner.

She had a lot of equipment.



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

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

Possessive Nouns

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

Wakes up early 

Simon get up at 6 a.m. everyday.


Tom work at a grocery store.

Every day, he arrive early to do his chore.



rope [s]

robes  [z]

 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.


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


scuba diver 

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