Chicago Style Workout 71: Nouns

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The Thing Is

There’s more to nouns than people, places, and things. Some nouns are countable, and some are not. Most nouns are common, but some are proper. There are mass nouns and collective nouns, attributive nouns and nouns that can function as verbs. Some even take on adverbial roles.

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Chicago Style Workout 71: Nouns

1. The noun river is
2. The word team is
3. The word luggage is
4. A noun that refers to something uncountable isn’t normally preceded by a or an.
5. A proper noun, unlike a common noun, is usually capitalized.
6. A proper noun that lends its name to a common noun is called
7. The articles a, an, and the are never used before a person’s name.
8. In English, most nouns are grammatically classified as either masculine or feminine.
9. Some nouns that look like they should be singular are in fact plural, and vice versa.
10. The noun home can also function as


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