Teachers (Or Other English Experts), Help!

Lounge By Shelle_75 Updated 4 Nov 2009 , 4:45pm by diane

Shelle_75 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:21am
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Trying to help my son with his homework. What is an "exact noun" and what the heck makes it different from any old regular noun?


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mgwebb68 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:24am
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I think it is a more specific noun versus a general noun

girl / Shelly

country / England

does that help?

Shelle_75 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:31am
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That much I understand, but his homework paper asks him to underline the noun in the sentence and finish it with an "exact noun", but some of those blanks don't call for a proper noun. For example:

The campers build a ____________________

The boys carry the ___________________

Now, the logical answers to those (to me) would be "fire" and "wood", but are those considered "exact nouns"???

Doug Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:32am
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ditto to above

with excellent example here:


Doug Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:35am
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wood < generic

firewood < exact

kindling <exact

tent < generic

pup tent < exact

lean-to <exact

cabana < exact (and are they having a party in there!?!??)

Shelle_75 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:46am
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DING! Lightbulb is on! Many thanks Doug!!!

Shelle_75 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:48am
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And just for the record, I did Google it first, but all the examples were with the proper nouns, and it just wasn't applying to our situation here.

Thanks again!

Doug Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:51am
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The boys carry the railroad ties.

The campers build a bonfire. (that's seen for miles around!)

flayvurdfun Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 6:51am
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Isn't it funny how things are different then when we were in school? Never heard of such things! We go through that stuff too....thank goodness I have an 11 year old short of genius son! (He had to help my 18 year old balance his checkbook!)

mim1106 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 12:46pm
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I learn so much through my 10 year old! I swear I didn't do half the stuff he did when I was in school. And here is the sad part - at 32 I am back in college and when I do my Algebra homework, he looks and says....I know how to do that! ACK! Makes me feel really stupid! So glad he is getting a great education, though, I thank God for great teachers!

diane Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 9:18pm
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exact nouns are the same as specific nouns, i.e., Tom, General Motors, etc.


Shelle_75 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 11:47pm
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Thanks everyone for your time and responses.

Again, his paper wasn't calling for proper nouns, ie names, places, etc., that's why I was confused as to what the heck it wanted, but Doug's second post pretty much cleared things up for us. I hope. We'll see when the grade comes home.


cakesbycathy Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 3:47am
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So today my first graders hw was to identify the "telling word" in each sentence. I was a 1st grade teacher about 7 years ago and I have never heard about "telling nouns!" The sentences were Zack slides and Zack runs and I missed you mom. Seriously, Wth?!? I actually called another mom in the class and after conferring with her 2nd grader we decided the "telling word" meant tell what he was doing. I mean seriously - why not call it the action word or something?!

Okay, thanks for letting me rant icon_biggrin.gif

mim1106 Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 12:32pm
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Sooooo, the verb? How odd!

diane Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 4:45pm
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i think they call it telling words to make it easier for the student to understand...but it sure does make it harder for the parent! icon_eek.gif

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