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Can you think of any name right now? Any name at all; be it in Twi or in English. Now, whichever name you have in mind is classified as a noun in grammatical terms. And, this part of speech (noun) is our topic for discussion in today’s lesson.
What is a noun?
A noun is a word that is used to identify:
- a person (e.g. Kofi, Adwoa, Amakye, Ɔsɛe)
- a place (e.g. Koforidua, Kumase, Nkran, Atonsu)
- a thing (e.g. akonnwa (chair), towuro (towel), afe (comb), nwoma (book))
- an animal (e.g. ɔkraman (dog), agyinammoa (cat), abirekyie (goat), pɔnkɔ (horse))
- an idea, quality, or state (e.g. nokorɛ (truth), anigyeɛ (happiness), awerɛhoɔ (sadness)).
Let’s look at more examples of each.
Examples of Twi Nouns
Yaw (an Akan soul name (kradin) given to a Thursday-born male); buroni (a white person/Caucasian); bibini (an African); Opoku (an Akan name); Konadu (an Akan name), Asumadu (an Akan name); Ama (an Akan soul name (kradin) given to a Saturday-born female); Akosua (an Akan soul name (kradin) given to a Sunday-born female); Kwabena (an Akan soul name (kradin) given to a Tuesday-born male); Kwadwo (an Akan soul name (kradin) given to a Monday-born male); ɔsɔfo (pastor); ɔkyerɛkyerɛni (teacher); ɔsraani (soldier); ɔtomfoɔ (blacksmith); Yaa (an Akan soul name (kradin) given to a Thursday-born female); Boafo (an Akan name)).
Amɛreka (America); aburokyire (abroad); Abibirem (Africa); ayaresabea (hospital); asieeɛ (cemetery); Sunyani (the Brong Ahafo regional capital, Ghana); Berekum (name of a town); Tafo (name of a town); Kɔnɔngo (name of a town); Bepɔso (name of a town); mmarahyɛ badwam (parliament house).
krataa (paper); ahoma (rope); toa (bottle); didipono (dining table); ntoma (cloth); mpaboa (footwear/shoes); kasafidie (radio set); dadeɛ (metal); kyiniiɛ (umbrella).
akokɔ (fowl); tɛfrɛ (cockroach); odwan (sheep); kɔtɔ (crab); dɛnkyɛm (crocodile); ntontom (mosquito); afunumu pɔnkɔ (donkey); ɔwɔ (snake).
ahummɔborɔ (sympathy); ahoɔfɛ (beauty); animuonyam (honour); abufuo (anger).
Types of nouns
Nouns can be categorized under the following types. We will tackle each noun type separately in the subsequent lessons. You may click on any below to visit its page directly.
Let’s end here. As stated earlier, the subsequent lessons will delve a bit deeper into each of the above-listed noun types. Please subscribe to the website and share our content on social media. Thank you for reading.
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