Traditionally, we are taught that nouns are words that refer to people, places, things, or ideas.
Modern linguistics find this definition to be problematic because it relies on a non-specific term, such as "thing," to define what a noun is. Yet, most people's understanding of nouns is based on this traditional definition.
Under that umbrella term, there are several types of nouns, so, let's clear things up and take a look at each type separately. Below, you'll find the major classifications of the different types of nouns in English, along with examples so you can see these types of nouns in action.
To learn more, click on the links for each type of noun to read fuller explanations and see further examples.