Common and Proper Nouns
A noun is a name word—person, place, or thing. A noun may be common or proper. A common noun does not name a specific person, place, or thing. A proper noun does name a specific person, place, or thing and requires a capital letter.
Common noun—cat Proper noun—Spookie
Here, we list common nouns, followed by examples of proper nouns:
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We practice identifying common and proper nouns. From the following sentences, write each noun and tell whether it is common or proper.
- Molly works in the city at a restaurant called Taco Treat.
- My father crossed the street and caught a bus to Chicago.
- Mrs. Camancho flew to New York and visited Niagara Falls.
- Camped alongside the Kern River, the Cheung Family counted stars and identified constellations at night.
- On Monday, Jeff took his mother to Methodist Hospital on Huntington Drive.
- Without a doubt, Peter Pan was Maxwell's favorite character.
- Next August, the three friends will meet at a cabin in West Virginia.
- My cousin who lives in Frazier Park has two horses, two dogs, two cats, and two chickens.
- Fridays are busy days at the E-Z Car Wash.
- Where is the London Bridge?
We name the common and proper nouns.
- Molly, proper; city, common; restaurant, common; Taco Treat, proper
- father, common; street, common; bus, common; Chicago, proper
- Mrs. Camancho, proper; New York, proper; Niagra Falls, proper
- Kern River, proper; Cheung Family, proper; stars, common; constellations, common; night, common
- Monday, proper; Jeff, proper; mother, common; Methodist Hospital, proper; Huntington Drive, proper
- doubt, common; Peter Pan, proper; story, common
- August, proper; friends, common; cabin, common; West Virginia, proper
- cousin, common; Frazier Park, proper; horses, common; dogs, common; cats, common; chickens, common
- Fridays, proper; days, common; E-Z Car Wash, proper
- London Bridge, proper