This is my 7th writings in series of English 101, and the 3rd writings under the Noun series. The first in a series is about the different Parts of Speech, wherein a noun is a part of. The second series is about different Kinds of Nouns, and the third series is about Singular and Plural Nouns. Due to the pre-requisites in understanding this topic, Uses of Nouns, I have to post first the different Kinds of Pronouns and the Kinds of Verbs and Characteristics of Verb.
This is one topic about noun that some high school students are having a hard time with, identifying in a sentence the use of noun. To start with, let us enumerate the seven (7) uses of noun and how to identify each of them in a sentence.
1) as SUBJECT. The noun is placed before the verb (action word/linking verb/helping verb).
Examples: God cares for us.
Alex lived on a small island.
A lullaby is a song for babies.
Mother and I are cooking some pasta.
Grandfather had his boat ready for the sail.
The crew did nothing to save the passengers on the ship.
Leo should win the academy award for his performance.
*linking verbs=am, is, was, are, were
*helping verbs=do, does, did, has, have, had, shall, should, may, might, will, would, can, could,ought, must
2) as SUBJECTIVE COMPLEMENT. The noun is placed after the linking verb.
Examples: The giver of any good gift is God.
The time setting of the movie was 1942.
3) as DIRECT OBJECT. The noun is placed after the transitive verb.
(transitive verb=when a person or thing directs the action toward someone or something)
Examples: We thank God for all his blessings.
('we' directs the action 'thank' to God, thus making it the direct object)
Let us help Gino and his family.
('us' direct the action 'help' to Gino, thus making it the direct object)
4) as INDIRECT OBJECT. The noun is placed between the transitive verb and the direct object.
(direct object=answers the question who or what receives the action)
Examples: Mother gives Laura the consent she was asking for.
('gives',the transitive verb, 'the consent' answers the question, what does mother give? so Laura is
the indirect object)
She asked the teacher about the contest tomorrow.
('asked', the transitive verb, 'the contest' answers the question, what did she ask? so teacher is the
5) as NOMINATIVE ADDRESS. The noun refers to a person or persons spoken to in a sentence.
Examples: Gina, stop it.
Sheila, Andrea, go get some help!
6) as OBJECTIVE COMPLEMENT. The noun comes after the direct object so as to modify or
Examples: She considered Manang a member of the family.
He plays basketball well, my favorite sports.
7) as APPOSITIVE. The noun is placed after another noun so as to identify or define it.
Examples: My confidant, God, never lets me down.
Her favorite English teacher, Miss Sicuya was among her guest.
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