Difference Between Noun and Pronoun

Main Difference

Parts of speech are the most necessary things to keep in mind when one is trying to create syntactically well established sentence. Nouns and Pronouns are the two of the basic eight parts of speech, which are used regularly and widely in English language. Noun is a part of speech that denotes name of place, thing, or person, whereas, Pronoun is a part of speech that is used in place of noun to avoid repetition of it. It also beautifies the sentence with turning out a substitute to the noun, which would be discussed throughout the context.

Comparison Chart

NounPronoun
DefinitionNoun is a part of speech that denotes name of place, thing, or person.Pronoun is a part of speech that is used in place of noun to avoid repetition.
TypesCount nouns, Non-count nouns, Collective nouns, Plural nouns, Compound nouns and Concrete nouns.Possessive, Reflexive, Relative, Reciprocal, and Interrogative.
Objective or Nominative caseA noun doesn’t changes its form.Pronoun changes its form from subject to object or vice versa in such cases.
ExamplesBoy, America, John, and Linda.he, she, it, and they.

What is Noun?

Noun is the part of speech that denotes any person, place or thing with a particular assigned word. As per the definition from Oxford Dictionaries noun is ‘A word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things (common noun), or to name a particular one of these (proper noun).’

Example: ‘The boy is going.’
The Boy in the above mentioned sentence is Common Noun.

Example:Ali loves Anita.
Ali and Anita in the above mentioned sentence are the Proper Noun.

Other commonly used types of nouns are count nouns, non-count nouns, collective nouns, plural nouns and compound nouns and concrete nouns.

What is Pronoun?

Pronoun is the part of speech that works as substitution to a noun to avoid repetition of it. The repetition of noun again and again makes the context thin as it losses readers or listeners interest as it gives the odd impression.

Example: ‘ Jack wakes up early. Jack goes to school. Jack loves hunting.’
The repetition of noun ‘Jack’ again and again brings out bad impression.

As per the definition from Oxford Dictionaries ‘Pronoun are used in place of a noun that has already been mentioned or that is already known, often to avoid repeating the noun.

Example: ‘John loves Amber, and he proposes her.In the above mentioned sentence He and her have replaced John and Amber respectively, therefore they are the pronouns in the sentence.

Some of the common types of Pronouns are, Possessive, Reflexive, Relative, Reciprocal, and Interrogative.

Noun vs. Pronoun

  • Noun is a part of speech that denotes name of place, thing, or person, whereas, Pronoun is a part of speech that is used in place of noun to avoid repetition.
  • Some of the frequently used types of nouns are Count nouns, Non-count nouns, Collective nouns, Plural nouns, Compound nouns and Concrete nouns, while common types of Pronouns are Possessive, Reflexive, Relative, Reciprocal, and Interrogative.
  • Whether used in objective or nominative case, a noun doesn’t changes its form; on the other hand, pronoun changes its form from subject to object in such cases.
  • Examples of Noun are Boy, America, John, and Linda. Examples of Pronoun are he, she, it, and they.
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