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Different Types of Nouns for Class 4 English

The students will learn about different types of nouns including common nouns, proper, and collective nouns along with examples and images. They will also study common mistakes that should be avoided while using nouns.

In this learning concept, the students will learn the following:

  • To identify collective, common and proper nouns.
  • To find the appropriate collective nouns from options.

Every concept is taught to class 4 English students with the help of examples, illustrations, and concept maps. Once you go through this topic, assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the page’s end.

Download the worksheets and check your answers with the worksheet solutions for the concept of different types of nouns provided in PDF format.


A noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea. A Noun is also termed as a ‘naming word’.


Nouns Examples
Nouns Examples

  1. Things: cup, spoon, chair, table, balloon, etc.,
  2. Noun examples for Class 4
  3. Person: boy, girl, man, woman, teacher, john, Priya, etc.
  4. Nouns of place
  5. Place: Mumbai, Bangalore, home, garden, school, ground, etc.

Types of Nouns:

Nouns are an important part the of English language. There are different types of nouns. Three types of nouns will be discussed below:

Types of Nouns

Common Noun:

A common noun refers to the name of a person, place, thing, etc., which is a name given in general. They do not begin with capital letters.


  1. A lamp is next to the chair.
  2. The cupboard was open when they got home.
  3. Would you want a bottle & a box of candles?

Proper Noun:

The proper noun refers to a specific person, place thing. They always begin with capital letters.


  1. Riya regularly reads stories before going to bed.
  2. Mumbai is a city filled with people with many dreams.
  3. Jupiter is light years away from the earth.

Collective Noun:

A collective noun is a word used to represent a group of things animals, or a thing like a bunch of keys, a pack of cards, etc.


  1. My family gathers every Sunday to play Monopoly.(Family-At least 3 members)
  2. There are forty students in my class. (Class- a group of students)
  3. The army works hard to protect the country. (army-group of soldiers)
  4. I saw a school of fish at the aquarium. (school of fish- many fish that stay or swim together)
  5. The flock of geese flew across the sky. (flock- a number of birds travelling together)

Common Mistakes:

  1. Do not interchange collective nouns used for people with animals or with one type of animal and another.
  2. Examples:

    1. A swarm of bees attacked the man with the cane.

    2. A herd of bees attacked the man with the cane. (herd- a group of cattle)
  3. Collective nouns can be treated as singular or plural.
  4. Examples:

    1. The committee was formed in 1916.
    2. The committee is having lunch
Kinds of Noun Chart
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