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In this lesson you will learn about nouns and how to use them in your conversations.
Max: Nouns are naming words. They can name anything: people, places, things...
Nina: Store, woman, rock. All nouns, right?
Max: Right. Nouns can even name actions, like: the fighting. ‘The fighting finally stopped after the police came’.
Nina: Sometimes two nouns can be combined to form a compound noun, like: bus stop, football or six-pack.
Max: Nouns can be the subject or the object of a sentence. ‘A school of butterflyfish swam into the cave’. School, butterflyfish, and cave are nouns.
Nina: Pretty easy. So let's look at more examples of nouns.
David: Your desk is so messy! How can you find anything?
Anne: Easy, I have everything I need right here. I have pencils, books, and paper.
David: Do you have a vacuum cleaner? There’s pencil dust everywhere.
Anne: It's not that bad. I also have my lunch money, two packs of gum, and a box of paperclips.
David: It's amazing that you can find it all there. My desk is very clean.
Anne: That's because you don't have anything on your desk.
Shelly: Don't forget we're going to the Aquarium today.
John: Yeah, I'm pretty excited. I like to watch them feed the sharks.
Shelly: What do they feed them with? Fruits and vegetables?
John: Of course not! Sharks eat meat.
Shelly: Do they throw cows into the shark tank? I don't want to see that!
John: Don't be ridiculous. They only throw fish into the tank, like tuna and chum.
Shelly: Chum, like people? A school chum?
John: That's even sillier. It's not that kind of chum. Chum is a mixture of meat and blood for the sharks.
Shelly: Okay, I still don't want to see that!
Ben: Hey Karen! I saw you got a long box delivered to you this morning.
Karen: Yes! It was a box of flowers: long-stem roses with blue ribbons.
Ben: Wow, who sent them? Was it a guy from the office?
Karen: No, they're from a boy who works at the coffee shop across the street. I go there every day.
Ben: Good for you, looks like you have an admirer.
Karen: No, he's just a friend.
Ben: I don't think so. Flowers are expensive. I send my friends a cheap smile. I only send my sweetheart candy and flowers.
Karen: Hmm, I hope you're right.