Identifying Nouns (Mengidentifikasi Kata Benda)


Nouns are commonly defined as words that refer to a person (orang), place (tempat/lokasi), thing (benda), or idea (gagasan/ide).

The problem is ‘How can you identify a noun ?’

Tips : If you can put the word ‘the ‘ in front of a word and it sounds like a unit, the word is a noun.

 (jika kita bisa meletakkan kata ‘ the ‘ didepan suatu kata, dan kata tersebut terdengar seperti sebuah benda/unit, maka kata tersebut adalah noun )

For example, the boy sounds like a unit, so boy is a noun. The chair sounds like a unit, so chair is a noun.

Compare these nouns to *the very, *the walked, *the because. Very, walked, and because are not nouns. While you can easily put the and very together (for example, the very tall boy), the very, by itself, does not work as a unit while the chair does. So, chair is a noun; very is not.

(There is one kind of noun that cannot always have the in front of it; I will explain it later)

Exercises 1.

Which of the following words are nouns?

ex : Book –> Noun ( The Book )

She –> Not a noun

1. Tree

2. When

3. Beds

4. Glass

5. Said

6. Slowly

7. Factory

8. Ticket

9. Boxes

10. Almost


(Glossary : boy = anak laki-laki , chair = kursi, compare = membandingkan, by itself = dengan sendirinya)


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