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:



















Dog



Mother’s Day



Farm



Music



Stars



Europe



Washington D.C



Doll



Tornado



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.


Examples:





  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.