last changed in 2002

Notation: M (! a sort of NN, contrasting with n, N and nN; if you prefer, think of 'noMinal', or think of M as the letter before N.)

Most people can recognise straightforward nouns and know that `noun' is the name of a word-class; but what they are recognising are generally two subclasses of nouns: common nouns (N) and proper nouns (nN). The WG analysis recognises two other kinds of noun:

pronouns (n). These are a kind of noun because they can be used as dependents almost everywhere that common or proper nouns can; the exception is that they cannot be used as complements of determiners (e.g. the book/*him).

gerund in examples like Analys-ing sentences is fun. the verb has been 'turned into a noun' by the addition of -ing.

See also: definiteness, countability.







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