• NOUNS AND NOMINALS
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

    NOUNS AND NOMINALS

    The word “noun” is derived from the Latin word. “nomen”, which means name. Nouns are traditionally defined as names of persons, places, things, animals, days, months, associations, ideas, qualities, states, or actions. Examples Persons: John, Stephen, Innocent, Walter, Ngozi, Obi, etc. Places: Enugu, London, Warri, Dubai, etc. Things: television, table, cup, water, etc. Animals: cow, goat, dog, pig, etc. Days: Sunday, Monday, Eke, Orie, etc. Months: January, February, March, etc. Associations: NANS, EFAC, NIFES, CASOR, etc. Ideas (qualities, states, or actions): sharpness, order, flight, etc.   But modern linguists now define nouns as words that take noun inflections; that is, words which can fit into the following inflectional paradigm: Both…

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