Kinds of Nouns: Exercise

Point out the nouns in the following sentences and say whether they are common, proper, collective or abstract.

1. Always speak the truth.

2. Honesty is the best policy.

3. King Solomon was famous for his wisdom.

4. A committee of five was appointed.

5. We saw a fleet of ships in the harbour.

6. He gave me a bunch of grapes.

7. London is on the river Thames.

8. Cleanliness is next to godliness.

9. Wisdom is better than riches.

10. Winston Churchill was one of the greatest Prime Ministers of England.

11. I recognized his voice at once.

12. Our team is better than theirs.


1. truth: abstract noun

2. honesty: abstract noun, policy: abstract noun

3. King: common noun, Solomon:  proper noun, wisdom: abstract noun

4. committee: collective noun

5. a fleet: collective noun, ships: common noun, harbour: common noun

6. a bunch: collective noun, grapes: common noun

7. London: proper noun, river: common noun, Thames: proper noun

8. cleanliness: abstract noun, godliness: abstract noun

9. wisdom: abstract noun, riches: abstract noun

10. Winston Churchill: proper noun, Prime Ministers: common noun, England: proper noun

11. voice: abstract noun

12. team: collective noun


A proper noun is the name of a particular person, place or thing.

A common noun is a name given in common to every person or thing of the same class or kind.

A collective noun is the name of a collection of people or things taken together and spoken of as a whole.

An abstract noun is the name of a quality, action or state which we cannot see or touch.