Concrete Nouns

Concrete nouns are types of nouns which can be experienced through our five senses: smell, sight, taste, hearing, and touch. They’re things. Concrete nouns can be (depending on the appropriate context, naturally) smelled, seen, heard, felt, or tasted.

Examples of Concrete Nouns:


Mother’s Day





Washington D.C



Concrete nouns break down into different categories. They can be proper, common, countable, non-countable, and collective. They can be in singular or plural forms.

Proper Concrete Nouns

Doll – A doll is a good gift for your daughter.

Chair – Two chairs were placed on the platform.

Table – A table is all you need to study!

Common Concrete Nouns

Street – The streets were filled with flowers.

Mall – The three malls all sales last Saturday.

Holiday – A holiday is coming soon!

Countable Concrete Nouns

Book – The four books were all in a row on the shelves.

Horse – Ten horses escaped!

Car – A car was parked in the garage.

Non-countable Concrete Nouns

Milk – He drank a glass of milk before bedtime.

Sugar – You need to add more sugar to the recipe.

Water – We drank three bottles of water at the parade.

For non-countable concrete nouns, words must be added to explain the amount. These nouns do not have a plural form in everyday usage (poetry and hard sciences, arguably, notwithstanding). They cannot be separated as individual elements.

Indeed, identifying concrete nouns is quite easy. As long as a noun is identifiable using one of our five senses, it is a concrete noun.


  1. Could you please run and answer the phone?

  • In this sentence, the word ‘phone’ is a concrete noun. A phone can be seen.

  1. That noise is extremely annoying.

  • Yes, ‘noise’ cannot be seen, but it can be heard. Thus, it can be a concrete noun.

  1. After they divorced, Mr. Smith pursued his dream of travelling to different countries.

  • In this sentence, ‘countries’ is a concrete noun. Countries can be seen. “Countries” is a concrete noun.

  1. Happiness is an elusive thing.

  • True, ‘Happiness’ cannot be seen, heard or touched, but it certainly can be felt.

  1. Mr. Jones enjoys jogging through town every day.

  • Mr. Jones is a person. Thus, he can be seen by the human eye. The noun is a concrete noun.

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