Noun Exercises (With Printable PDF)

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Nouns are essential in English grammar because they talk about people, places, events, things, feelings, qualities, objects, and more. One way to practice using nouns is to do noun exercises. These exercises can help you learn how to identify and form nouns correctly and use them in different contexts.

What Is a Noun in English Grammar?

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The concept of nouns is used to refer to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality. Nouns can be used as the subject or object of a verb, as the direct/indirect object of a verb, or as an adjective.

English has two main types of nouns: common and proper.

Common nouns refer to general categories of people, places, things, or ideas. Proper nouns refer to specific names of persons, places, things, or ideas. 

  • Lawn – Common noun
  • Office – Common noun
  • Ganga – Proper noun 

There are also countable and uncountable nouns. Countable nouns can be quantified, like a collection of people or a series of items, while uncountable nouns cannot.

  • Dog – Countable noun
  • Air – Uncountable noun

Finally, there are collective nouns, which refer to groups of things. Here are some examples.

  • Flock – Collective noun
  • Herd – Collective Noun
Noun Exercise #1

Noun Exercise #1

Write down all the nouns used in the paragraphs below.
Just add a comma to separate each answer.
Example: day, car, umbrella

As Jane pulled up to the testing center, she realized she had left her purse at home. She could not take the test without her ID or money. She would just have to come back another day.
Jane woke up one day and realized she was almost late for her driving test. She quickly got dressed and grabbed her keys, rushing out the door. She was so excited to finally get her driver’s license! The test was going to be a breeze; she was sure of it.
Jane called her mom and asked if she could pick her up. Her mom agreed, and Jane headed back home. She was bummed that she had missed her chance, but at least she could try again soon.
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Noun Exercise #2

Noun Exercise #2

Choose the correct type of noun for each of the words inside the parentheses below.

My sister is a (nurse).
I left the (keys) on the table.
Susie’s parents promised they would take her to (Disneyland).
Always spread (joy) and positivity.
My sister, (Juliet), is a very good singer.
The (spider) went up the water spout.
I could really use a glass of (water).
Dolphins show signs of high (intelligence).
As a (child), I always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal.
My (cats’) furs need regular brushing.
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Noun Exercise #3

Noun Exercise #3

Fill in the gaps below with the noun that makes the most sense.

I admire you a lot. I think you are a very ________ person.
In my ________, domestic animals don’t last very long in the wilderness.
The way you scored that touchdown… You are an absolute _______!
The clock is ticking! We don’t have _____ for any of this nonsense!
What makes you think I am interested in your _______?
The bus was so small people were sitting down holding their ________.
Where did all these ______ come from?!
I just rescued a _______ and hope to find it a loving home.
I would love to travel to ______ and see the pyramids!
I go to the gym every day but fail to see any _________.
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