Formation of the possessive case

July 20, 2010

Singular nouns form their possessive case by adding ‘s to the singular. The boy’s dog My father’s office Only the apostrophe (‘) without s is added if the noun contains too many hissing sounds. For goodness’ sake For conscience’ sake For Jesus’ sake Moses’ laws Plural nouns ending in -s form their possessive case by […]

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Noun: gender

July 18, 2010

Living beings are of either the male or the female sex. Now compare the following pairs of words. Boy, girl Man, woman Husband, wife Lion, lioness Here the first word of each pair is the name of a male animal. The second word of each pair is the name of a female animal. A noun […]

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Formation of plurals – Part II

July 17, 2010

Some nouns have identical singular and plural forms. Examples are: swine, sheep, deer, cod, salmon, aircraft, spacecraft, series, species etc. The following nouns are always used in the singular form after numerals: pair, dozen, score, gross, hundred and thousand I bought three dozen mangoes. (NOT I bought three dozens mangoes.) The music player cost me […]

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Formation of plural nouns

July 16, 2010

The plural noun is generally formed by adding -s to the singular. Cow (singular), cows (plural) Boy, boys Girl, girls Book, books Tree, trees Dog, dogs Pen, pens Nouns ending in -s, -sh, -ch or -x form the plural by adding -es to the singular. Class (singular), classes (plural) Brush, brushes Kiss, kisses Match, matches […]

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The Noun: Case

June 26, 2010

Read the following sentence: John broke the window. The boy killed the spider. In sentence 1, the noun John is the subject. It is the answer to the question ‘Who broke the window? ‘The group of words ‘broke the window’ is the  predicate. The predicate contains the verb broke. What did John break? – the […]

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What are nouns?

May 31, 2010

A noun is a word used as the name of a person, place or thing. There are different kinds of nouns. Read the following sentence: Solomon was a wise king. Here the noun Solomon refers to a particular king, but the noun king may refer to any other king as well. Here Solomon is a […]

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