Guide to Grammar and Usage 292 Nouns A noun is a word that names a person, place, or thing. Nouns come in different varieties. · Common nouns name a type of person, place, or thing. Examples:boy, city, food · Proper nouns name a specific person, place, or thing. Examples:Harris, Pensacola, Rice-a-Roni · Compound nouns are two or more nouns that function as a single unit. A compound noun can be two individual words, words joined by a hyphen, or two words combined. Examples: Individual words: time capsule Hyphenated words: step-brother Combined words: sunshine P Parts of Speech English words are divided into eight different parts of speech according to their function in a sen- tence. See Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Interjections, Nouns, Prepositions, Pronouns, and Verbs for a description of each kind. Periods