Material and Common

     

Material and Common

You have learnt about both material and common nouns. Some nouns can be used both asmaterial and common nouns.
For e.g.

  1. Bowbow plays on the sand.
  2. Bowbow's castle is made of sand.

In the first sentence, we are talking about sand as a thing (object) and not a material.
Here sand is a common noun.

In the second sentencesand is the material used to make Bowbow's castle.
Here sand is a material noun.

Remember: - A material noun becomes a common noun if there is an article before it (e.g. the sand) or if the noun is in the plural.


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