By LR Liburd

The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer

 In addition to the provision of national, regional and international news, as well as editorials, interviews, opinions and ideas, management of The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer has decided to include an English language column in its weekly production.

It is called ‘Your English Column’ and its primary aim is to assist in teaching young school-age children the Fundamental Principles of English Language while, at the same time, interested adults can use it as a revisionary exercise.

This week, we will begin with Nouns, but before doing so let us define Language.

 According to the Thesaurus, Language is “a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural”.

Often times, behaviourists will refer to Language as verbal behaviour, which is language that includes gestures and body movements as well as spoken words. (Pierce & Eplin, 1999).

Now back to our discussion on Nouns.

A word used to represent some object, such as man, woman, boy, girl, goat, boat, tree, etc., is called a Noun.

 Boys and girls, in this our first Exercise, you are required to write six things you can see in the following places:

  1. Your classroom
  2. Your home
  3. A street in your community
  4. A supermarket
  5. A restaurant
  6. A beach
  7. A junior calypso competition

You must remember that nouns are the names of things, and you may seek the assistance of your parent(s) or guardian, or your elder sibling for the correctness of your answers.

In this other Exercise, you are to read these sentences through carefully then make a list of all the nouns you can find in them.

  1. The girl lost her ribbon.
  2. The boy gave the dog a bone.
  3. Yester I bought an orange, a mango and an apple.
  4. The monkey ate all the mangoes that the children gave him.
  5. The fireman climbed the ladder and saved the boy.
  6. The driver did not stop at the major road.
  7. Many doves and pigeons can be found in Independence Square.
  8. The journalist wrote about an accident on Fort Street.
  9. The Education Minister congratulated the successful students.
  10. John stole the watch from David.

Finally for this week, write the names of the following:

  1. Three tools used by a carpenter
  2. Three wild animals
  3. Three athletic events
  4. Three kinds of meat
  5. Three occupations
  6. Three toys for young children
  7. Three months in the year that have 30 days
  8. Three flowers found in St. Kitts and Nevis
  9. Three villages in your country
  10. Three kinds of citrus fruit

See you next week, when we will complete another Exercise on Nouns before moving on to Plurals.