Animate and inanimate nouns (2)
May 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Now take a look at the following sentence:
The dog wrote a best-selling novel.
Again, there’s something strange here. We know that dog is animate. However, only a special type of animate noun has the ability to write a best-selling novel: a human noun. The following sentence is fine, since teacher is a human animate noun:
My teacher wrote a best-selling novel.
On the other hand, since dog is a nonhuman animate noun, the first sentence does not sound right.
To summarize: nouns may be human animate (teacher), nonhuman animate (dog), or inanimate (postcard).
[Glossary: ‘Following sentence’ = kalimat berikut; Wrote(lih. write) = menulis; Best-selling = terlaris; Ability = kemampuan; Since (konjungsi) = karena; On the other hand = di sisi lain; Summarize = meringkas / ringkasan ]
Decide if each noun is animate or inanimate. If a noun is animate, decide if it is human or nonhuman.
Sample : Chair –> inanimate
Dog –> nonhuman animate