Concrete and Abstract Nouns

Posted on September 18, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , , , |

Since it seemed like our discussion about concrete and abstract nouns was new to many of us, I located a couple of resources that might be helpful to you as you master these concepts.  (These resources are NOT assignments; they are simply additional tools you can refer to as you study.)  

If the idea of concrete and abstract nouns is still a little fuzzy to you, then you might want to check out this short video (1 min) that explains each of these types of noun and gives several basic examples:

When you think you have the hang of concrete and abstract nouns, you can go ahead and take this practice quiz that covers many types of nouns and other grammar concepts, and see how you do!  (NOTE:  After the video a pop-up may appear that asks you to “log in” to see your results.  If you cancel out of that screen, you will see your results anyway!  You do not need to log in to anything.)

If you find either of these resources helpful, please let me know.  Also, if you know of any other links or resources that would be helpful in studying these concepts, please share them in the comments section.

~Ms. Morris 🙂

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IRLA: Nouns, Pronouns, and Antecedents

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , , , |

This week, we are paying careful attention to the parts of speech: nouns, pronouns and antecedents.

Remember, a noun can be:

  • a person  (like a doctor)
  • a place  (like a train station)
  • a thing  (like a necklace)
  • an idea  (like equality)
  • a quality  (like fairness)

Nouns can be proper (like: Grover Middle School, Chicago, Mary) or they can be common (like: school, city, girl).

Pronouns take the place of a noun in a sentence.  (Some examples are: he, she, it, they, us, we, them, ours, my, mine.)

It is also important to remember that the noun that the pronoun replaces is called the antecedent.

For more practice and review with these parts of speech, check out our parts of speech page.  (We will be having a quiz on these parts of speech next week!)

(How many nouns did you count in this blog post?  How many pronouns?)

~Ms. Morris

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