Hello all.  I am very excited to be starting a new chapter and growth to my blog.  It's been a struggle to decide how I wanted to help people with my blog and give it some purpose, as opposed to my own whining platform! :)  So read on and enjoy.  And I hope that somewhere down the road these new posts will help you with your writing, school or just for a reference.

For my first week of covering grammar rules, I figured I'd start with something easy, nouns.

We all know that a noun describes a person, place or thing (things can be concrete or abstract, such as a couch or thought, respectively).  But there is a variety of ways in which nouns can be classified.

Proper nouns are specific, are always capitalized and can not be made plural:
Mrs. Johnston; The Bicycle Thief; The Lord of the Rings; Starry Night; etc.
Proper nouns can eventually evolve into common nouns (some brands are well known for this, French fry later became french fry).

Common nouns are abstract, refer to an entire class or group and to a whole of something:
happiness, exercise, speed, opinion, etc.
Common nouns can be preceded by a, an and the and can sometimes be made plural.
(We will go more in depth with regards to common nouns, count nouns and noncount nouns next week).

Plural-only nouns are automatically in plural form but are not plural in meaning:
measles, economics, linguistics, etc.
They can also be singular or plural, which depends on context:
acoustics, tactics, hysterics, etc.

Possessive nouns show possessiveness by adding an apostrophe and an -s:
Mike's sweater, the dog's bowl, the child's shoe, etc.
Plural nouns that are possessive have the apostrophe after the -s:
dishes', dogs', houses', etc.

Gender indicating nouns are straight forward, they distinguish masculine from feminine:
man/woman, boy/girl, prince/princess, lion/lioness, etc.

Collective nouns refer to a group as a whole and can be plural:
class, team, family, audiences, etc.

This is only a broad introduction into the world of nouns and next week we will be covering count nouns vs. noncount nouns.

If anyone would like a topic covered in the future or have any questions feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly.  Also, if I make any mistakes, please point them out, I'm still learning too and welcome any kind of pointers, corrections and criticisms.

© 2012 S. Stevens

Lutz, Gary and Diane Stevenson. Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2010. Print.