THIS page provides hundreds of example sentences taken from English literature, illustrating the use of various words.


Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using words classed as Nouns.

Nouns include words such as:

John, Parliament; cat, dog, pheasant; street, ocean, icicle; arrival, suspicion, companionship.

They put a name on a person, a thing or an idea. For example:

• “Have a can of hot water, and clean towels, and fresh cakes of soap, put in each room.”
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A Noun can be made the subject of a Verb, making a complete stand-alone sentence. For example:

• The weather was fine.
• My mother is in town.
Improvements were needed.
Jane Austen


Her entreaty had no effect on Tom.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


The voice of calumny is never silent.

From ‘A Damsel in Distress’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“Well, I ’ll refresh your memory.”

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


Various duties awaited me on my arrival.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


The clock ticked on through the silence.

From ‘Jill the Reckless’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


I am afraid she had no taste for music.

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.


I coasted down a long hill to a bridge.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


I advise you to leave me alone, constable.

From ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’, by John Buchan.


“You’ve lost your sense of proportion.”

From ‘The Lost World’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


I was often out in cold, rain, and sleet.

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


“Can you spare me for an hour or two?”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


His torch dropped head downwards and went out!

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


“He had always a taste for low company.”

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


“There’s been too much blabbing already.”

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


I could scarcely see my way down the ladder.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


“Now I’m going out to shop for mother.”

From ‘The Cat and Fiddle Book’, by Lady Florence Bell.


It was too pleasing a blunder for a reproach.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


The Royal Fleet began in the reign of Henry VII.

From ‘Men of Invention and Industry’, by Samuel Smiles.


Would he have to go into court as a witness?

From ‘Orley Farm’, by Anthony Trollope.


The apology was more unendurable than the insult.

From ‘The Moonstone’, by Wilkie Collins.

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Their attention was suddenly drawn to the window, by the sound of a carriage.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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