In traditional grammar, a noun is seen as a person, place, or thing. A more rigorous description is that a noun is any word that can function as a subject, a direct object or an object of a preposition. Nouns are typically inflected for number, gender, case, and countability. Nouns can follow articles like the in English and an in Gaelic.
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