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    Grammar question

    I just wanted a clear explanation on how to explain that the word drought is a noun? Thank you.


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    I just wanted a clear explanation on how to explain that the word drought is a noun? Thank you.
    Any word that can fill in this blank is a noun (or gerund, etc):

    "I am thinking of (article optional) _____________.

    If you can say, "I am thinking of a drought" (and of course you can), then the word "drought" is a noun.

    But "I am thinking of a soon" does not make any sense.
    Therefore, the word "soon" is not a noun.

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    Thank you so much for the quick reply.

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    Any word that can fill in this blank is a noun (or gerund, etc):

    "I am thinking of (article optional) _____________.

    If you can say, "I am thinking of a drought" (and of course you can), then the word "drought" is a noun.

    But "I am thinking of a soon" does not make any sense.
    Therefore, the word "soon" is not a noun.
    How about words which might not make sense in your sample sentence "I am thinking of (artcile optional) ........" and still can be used as nouns...?


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    How about words which might not make sense in your sample sentence "I am thinking of (artcile optional) ........" and still can be used as nouns...?
    Well, okay, gimme a frinstance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    Well, okay, gimme a frinstance.
    Shout

    I am thinking of a shout.


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    Shout

    I am thinking of a shout.

    If you're thinking of A shout, you are thinking of a noun.

    You can pluralize it:
    - He heard two shouts, and then he heard two gunshots! And then he didn't hear anything.

    You can make it the object of a verb:
    - Give me a shout when you're ready.

    You can make it the object of a preposition:
    - All I heard was the echo of his shout as he fell off the cliff.

    You can make it the subject of a sentence:
    - A shout is the least useful vocalization for getting a woman to listen to you.

    But best of all, it can fill in this blank:
    I'm thinking of (article optional) _________ .

    Lots of words are both well-known nouns and well-known verbs.
    spring
    talk
    view
    limp <-- an adjective too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I just wanted a clear explanation on how to explain that the word drought is a noun? Thank you.
    Good link on nouns
    English for all - Advanced course chapter 1 (nouns)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    If you're thinking of A shout, you are thinking of a noun.

    You can pluralize it:
    - He heard two shouts, and then he heard two gunshots! And then he didn't hear anything.

    You can make it the object of a verb:
    - Give me a shout when you're ready.

    You can make it the object of a preposition:
    - All I heard was the echo of his shout as he fell off the cliff.

    You can make it the subject of a sentence:
    - A shout is the least useful vocalization for getting a woman to listen to you.

    But best of all, it can fill in this blank:
    I'm thinking of (article optional) _________ .

    Lots of words are both well-known nouns and well-known verbs.
    spring
    talk
    view
    limp <-- an adjective too!
    Please provide some examples in which in your sample sentence you wont use an article before the noun..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    If you're thinking of A shout, you are thinking of a noun.

    You can pluralize it:
    - He heard two shouts, and then he heard two gunshots! And then he didn't hear anything.

    You can make it the object of a verb:
    - Give me a shout when you're ready.

    You can make it the object of a preposition:
    - All I heard was the echo of his shout as he fell off the cliff.

    You can make it the subject of a sentence:
    - A shout is the least useful vocalization for getting a woman to listen to you.

    But best of all, it can fill in this blank:
    I'm thinking of (article optional) _________ .

    Lots of words are both well-known nouns and well-known verbs.
    spring
    talk
    view
    limp <-- an adjective too!
    A good discussion on nouns as verbs and vice versa..

    Nouns used as Verbs - WordReference Forums

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