4 Excellent Exercises for Aspects of Nouns

Nouns are often the most identifiable parts of sentences. However, using nouns can be tricky as English language learners have to be aware of countable and uncountable nouns along with irregularities. They also have to be able to master the use of quantifiers (or determiners). There is also quite a lot of confusion around the usage of “there is” and “there are”.

1 Nouns sorting and sentences (with answers)

 One of the most confusing thing for ESL students is distinguishing between countable and uncountable nouns.  In the handout below students try to identify countable and  uncountable nouns  in the pictures and and list them in the appropriate columns.  Then they choose 5 nouns and write 5 sentences. Click on the image or the  link to download the PDF file.


Sorting countable and uncountable nouns exercise with answers

Nouns sorting (PDF)

2 Quantifiers 1 (with answers)

  • Another aspect of using nouns is being to use quantifiers which describe the degree or quantity of a specific noun.
  • Students look at each pictures and then write an appropriate sentence  to describe how much or how little of each noun is being expressed by the picture.

Quantifiers or determiners English grammar exercise

Quantifiers  (PDF)

3 Abstract Nouns (with answers)

  • Abstract nouns are words that can represent concepts, states and conditions.
  • Pictures and photos can often be used to help students visualize abstract nouns !
  • In the exercise below students try to match the abstract nouns to the pictures and complete the sentences.

Abstract nouns grammar exercise

Abstract nouns  (PDF)

 4 There is/there are (with answers)

Students  complete the sentences with there is/there are and appropriate vocabulary to describe the pictures.

Exercise for using nouns with "there is" and "there are"

There is/there are  (PDF)

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