• DECLENSION
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

    DECLENSION

    Declension (otherwise known as the inflection of nouns and pronouns) is the change in form of nouns and pronouns to indicate person, number, case; and gender. Specifically, noun declension refers to the change in spelling or appearance of a noun to mark a change in its meaning and usage. Nouns generally inflect for NUMBER, GENDER, and CASE.   NUMBER A noun is said to be in the singular number when it denotes one person, place, or thing; e.g. boy, cat. But it is said to be in the plural number when it denotes more than one person, place, or thing; e.g. boys, cats. Hence, nouns exhibit two numbers – singular…

  • 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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