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A common noun is a noun that names a general thing, not a specific thing.
(Common means “shared by more than one”.)
Cat is a common noun.
Boy, girl, city, country, company, planet, location, war.
A proper noun is a noun that indicates the specific name of someone or something. It begins with a capital letter.
(Proper means “belonging to one”.)
Mabel (this cat’s name) is a proper noun.
Robin, Alice, London, Sweden, Google, Earth, Eiffel Tower, World War I.
Why Is This Important to Know?
You should note when a proper noun is used, so that you can capitalize it correctly. Otherwise, your writing may seem unprofessional or incorrect.
For example: (proper nouns are bold, common nouns are italic)
- CORRECT: We read the article about Abraham Lincoln.
- INCORRECT: We read the Article about Abraham Lincoln.
- INCORRECT: We read the Article about abraham lincoln.
- INCORRECT: We read the article about abraham lincoln.
So it is helpful to notice proper nouns, and properly capitalize them! 😊
2 Comparing Examples
Compare the Following Examples:
(Pause or click your mouse on each image for a moment, and read the explanation.)
Test Your Understanding
Choose the correct answer, and then click the blue arrow to continue. Continue this way until you answer all questions correctly.
End of Sample Lesson
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