Lesson 2: Introduction to nouns; first declension nouns; cases of nouns
What is a noun?
A noun is a person, place or thing.
Nouns are divided into groups called declensions. Nouns that end in ‘a’ belong to the first declension. They are mostly feminine.
In Latin, there are no words for ‘a’ or ‘the’.
When you are reading a document, you can decide which meaning is appropriate.
These are examples of Latin nouns from the first declension.
Have you noticed that they all end in ‘a’?
People’s names are also nouns. In Latin, women’s names often end in ‘a’.
All Latin nouns have a gender – they are either masculine, feminine or neuter. Even charters and parishes have a gender! In English we give some nouns a gender, for example we describe ships as ‘she’.