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Proper nouns and common nouns

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-05-07 18:41:46
Every noun can further be classified as common or proper. A proper noun has two distinctive features:
1) it will name a specific item
2) it will begin with a capital letter no matter where it occurs in a sentence.

Common Nouns


Proper Nouns

school Herman Melville
Mrs. Hacket
Tito"s Taco Palace
Declaration of Independence
University of Virginia

Notice the difference between the common and proper nouns.

Tina offered Antonio one of her mother"s homemade oatmeal cookies but only an Oreo would satisfy his sweet tooth.

cookies = common noun; Oreo = proper noun.

Charlie had wanted an easy teacher for his composition class, but he got Mrs. Hacket, whose short temper and unreasonable demands made the semester a torture.

teacher = common noun; Mrs. Hacket = proper noun.

Gloria wanted to try a new restaurant, so Richard took her to Tito"s Taco Palace, where no one dips into the hot sauce until the drinks have arrived at the table.

restaurant = common noun; Tito"s Taco Palace = proper noun.

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