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What is a Concrete Noun? - Definition & Examples

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Instructor: T.J. Hoogsteen

T.J. is currently a grade 5 teacher and Vice-Principal. He has a master's degree in Educational Administration and is working toward an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

There are several different types of nouns used in the English language. Without nouns, we would have a difficult time writing and speaking. In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of a concrete noun.

Concrete Nouns

The first words many of us learn are nouns: people, places, and objects, etc. They are very important and are used to identify the subject in a sentence. The majority of nouns can be experienced through our five senses. If a noun is described as being concrete, it means it can be seen, smelled, touched, felt, or tasted.

Imagine walking around your city or your town. What is it that you see, hear, smell, feel, or taste? Well, in a city or town, there are likely a lot of different answers, but one thing that possibly comes to mind is concrete. It's everywhere: sidewalks, buildings, and roads are made of it. In addition, animals, people, flowers, and rain are also classified as concrete nouns. Let's explore this a little further.

Examples

Concrete nouns name things that physically exist in our world. Let's look at some examples of concrete nouns being used in sentences.

  • The Rocky Mountains are on the west coast of North America and are huge.

In this first example, the concrete noun is the Rocky Mountains. They are something that can be seen. In this example, they are described as being huge.

Let's look at another example:

  • Music can be very soothing and can be enjoyed in a lot of ways, including going to concerts and listening to MP3 players.

In this example, music is the concrete noun. It is something that can be heard.

Here comes our third example:

  • The cat's tongue is rough like sandpaper, and it kind of tickles when she licks my hand.

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