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Classification of Nouns: Countable Noun

Countable Noun
is a noun (such as bean or ball) that has both a singular and plural form and can be used after a numeral, after words such as many or few, or after the indefinite article a or an.

Basically as what the noun is called-countable which means can be counted. So, all words that can be counted are classified as countable nouns.

To be able to identify these words, there are several things you need to consider. First, the number; Countable nouns should have both singular and plural forms. Second, it should be or is placed after or identified by a numeral. Third, countable nouns may also be found after words such as many and few if its indication is an indefinite quantity (that is more than one), or after the indefinite articles a or an.

Take a look at these examples:

*Take note that there are words which may seem confusing to classify. Example, leaf-leaves. The question that may arise here is that can you even count the leaves on a tree? Obviously no one would waste time counting them, but following the rule of countable nouns, leaf has a plural form which makes it countable. The same principle will apply the the word paper. Paper in a direct manner is non-countable, but if you are pertaining to a document then it becomes countable.

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Genders of Nouns: Neuter


are words of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine.

The neuter gender indicate words that specify objects or general terminologies. In contrast with masculine and feminine, all words that name objects are all neuter in gender. In addition, not only objects are neuter but also words that points to either male or female, like words for the infant of an animal.

Take a look at this chart to see what I mean:

Let us see now compare all three genders. Take a look at this chart:
*Take note that neuter gender can either be male or female, or can neither be male nor female. If a term or word refers to a general kind, for example a horse, it is considered as a neuter, but when you point out to male horse you should refer to it as a stallion. Above this, all words without gender specification are all neuter.
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Genders of Nouns: Feminine

are those having the qualities or appearance considered to be typical of women; connected with women.

The Feminine gender indicate words that specify the female gender. In contrast with masculine, all words that names the female individual are all feminine in gender.

Observe this chart for a quick grasp:

Looking at the previous chart of the masculine gender, we can now see the different names we call each gender. Observe this chart:

*Take note that feminine are used only for female gender species. Compare masculine with feminine for a more contrasting view. There are many words that separate the two genders but there is also a notion that discriminating words are to be avoided. Words like landlord and landlady, should be addressed as landowner or innkeeper.

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Cases of Nouns: Possessive (Genitive) Case

Possessive (Genitive)

is a word of, relating to, or constituting a word, a word group, or a grammatical case that denotes ownership or a relation analogous or similar to ownership.

Possession is simply the state of having or owning something.

A noun is in possessive case if it shows ownership or possession. Nouns or pronouns in possessive case are usually guided by the noun that follows it. Possessive case are marked with an apostrophe and 's' at the end of the word or with the 'of' phrase.

Observe this chart contrasting the apostrophe and 's' and the the 'of' phrase: