|Vincent van Gogh's
with Bandaged Ear
||Identifying Nouns and Pronouns
name people, places, or things are nouns:
dad, sister, friend, Mr. Jones,
park, school, New York,
tree, apple, car, air, idea, health
Note that many nouns name things that
you can see, but others name things such as "air," "idea," or "health"
that cannot be seen.
are words that act like nouns but do not name specific people, places,
or things. They are often used to take the place of nouns:
Karla and George went to the store.
They went to the
Pronouns can stand in for a noun anywhere in a sentence.
The following words can be pronouns.
You need not remember the top row ("Subjects," etc.). It is there to suggest
how the different pronouns function in sentences.
Other words that can be pronouns
which, what, this, that
some, someone, something, somebody
any, anyone, anything, anybody
Some of these words, like "his,"
her," "this," "that," "some," or "any" can be pronouns, but sometimes they
function as adjectives:
in the car.
This ice cream tastes
Similarly, some words can
be nouns or verbs. The real test is how a word functions in a sentence.
"Fish," for example, can be a noun or a verb:
||The fish were
swimming in the pond.
watching the fish (DO).
fish in the pond.