Material Nouns in English (Examples, Words List a-z, Worksheet)

Material Nouns in English

The material, elements, or substances from which different kinds of things are made are called material nouns. For example, plastic, diamond, gypsum, and iron.

Materials nouns are tangible and uncountable. These are the raw elements found in nature, animals, or plants. Mainly, there are three sources of material nouns i.e. nature (rock, iron, gold, gypsum), animals (milk, wool, leather), and plants (tree, jute, cotton).

Rules of Material Nouns

  • Articles (a, an, the) are not used with the material nouns. For example, I drink milk daily.
  • The material nouns are uncountable but in case the material noun is countable, you can use, “a or an”. For example, I bought a silver watch.
  • Words like “some” can be used in few cases. For example, I need some water.

Examples

  1. The bottle is made of plastic.
  2. Aluminum is the most white spread metal on the earth.
  3. The notebook is made of paper.
  4. Coal is an important primary fossil fuel.
  5. Tom has some unique utensils made of bronze.
  6. There are numerous health benefits of milk.
  7. Jute is widely used to make sacks and coarse cloth.
  8. The sweaters are made of fine wool.
  9. Bamboo storage baskets and bins are eco-friendly.
  10. I am fond of buying leather products.

Words List a-z

  1. Acrylic (plastic)
  2. Alcohol
  3. Aluminum
  4. Bamboo
  5. Brass
  6. Brick
  7. Bronze
  8. Butter
  9. Calcium
  10. Cement
  11. Chalk
  12. Charcoal
  13. Cheese
  14. Chemical
  15. Coal
  16. Coffee
  17. Copper
  18. Corn
  19. Cotton
  20. Cream
  21. Diamond
  22. Diesel
  23. Enamel
  24. Fiber
  25. Flour
  26. Food
  27. Gelatin
  28. Gem
  29. Glass
  30. Gold
  31. Grass
  32. Honey
  33. Ink
  34. Iron
  35. Jewelry
  36. Jute
  37. Kerosene
  38. Leather
  39. Marble
  40. Meat
  41. Milk
  42. Paraffin
  43. Plastic
  44. Platinum
  45. Plywood
  46. Polyester
  47. Powder
  48. Rexine (sheet)
  49. Rock
  50. Rubber
  51. Salt
  52. Sand
  53. Silk
  54. Silver
  55. Steel
  56. Stone
  57. Sugar
  58. Synthetic
  59. Tar
  60. Tea
  61. Tree
  62. Wheat
  63. Wood
  64. Wool

Worksheet

Solve the worksheet by pointing out the material nouns in each sentence.

  1. A 100g of yogurt bowl contains 110 mg calcium in it. ( yogurt, calcium )
  2. The table is made of thin glass. ( ____________ )
  3. The farmer has planted hundred trees in his field. ( ____________ )
  4. This chair is made of pure pine wood. ( ____________ )
  5. Bob is fond of collecting precious gems. ( ____________ )
  6. She bought some gold ornaments for her wedding. ( ____________ )
  7. Gypsum is largely used in making cement, wallboard and plaster of paris. ( ____________ )
  8. The jug is full of creamy milk. ( ____________ )
  9. I bought rexine sheets from the market. ( ____________ )
  10. Sagano Bamboo Forest in Japan is a great attraction for tourists. ( __________ )
Material Nouns Worksheet
Material Nouns Worksheet

Answers

  1. yogurt, calcium
  2. glass
  3. trees
  4. wood
  5. gems
  6. gold
  7. gypsum, cement, wallboard,
  8. jug, milk
  9. rexine
  10. bamboo

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