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Common Nouns and Proper Nouns


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Common Nouns and Proper Nouns - Basic Grammar Review

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Common Nouns and Proper Nouns

  1. 1. Panamerican School Something more than education: a challenge to the future, without borders Basic English Grammar Common Nouns and Proper Nouns There are two main types of nouns: common nouns and proper nouns. Common Nouns Words for people, places and things are called common nouns. These common nouns are words for things. ruler saw television lamp bus chair ship pencil ladder computer hammer calculator loyalty train courage bicycle crayons drill cooker telephone truth sofa ferry dictionary spade pen axe fridge carpet laziness table truck book lawnmower printer These common nouns are words for animals. Notice that special names for young animals are included. animal its young animal its young dog puppy fox cub cat kitten elephant calf cow calf kangaroo joey horse foal bear cub sheep lamb lion cub goat kid tiger cub frog tadpole whale calf These common nouns are words for places. bank farm school supermarket airport mall post office temple hotel zoo university stadium gas station theater police station shop library factory office synagogue park hospital restaurant gym museum nursery mosque church
  2. 2. These common nouns are words for people who do certain things. singer pilot photographer friend manager police officer doctor clerk sailor artist writer athlete gardener teacher farmer lawyer dancer driver magician brother secretary plumber dentist technician Proper Nouns The names of particular people, places and things are proper nouns. They always begin with a capital letter. These people’s names are proper nouns. Robin Hood Mrs. Taylor Grandad Nelson Mandela Florence Nightingale Frankenstein Dr. Lee Aunt Diana Mom George Washington Santa Claus Jose Miss Park Granny Julia Roberts Confucius Aladdin Mr. Young Uncle David Alex Rodriguez Muhammad Ali Harry Potter Professor Raj Ms. Hall Dad David Beckham Mahatma Gandhi Yang Ming The names of the days of the week and the months of the year are proper nouns. days of the week months of the year Monday January July Tuesday February August Wednesday March September Thursday April October Friday May November Saturday June December Sunday The names of special days and celebrations are also proper nouns. New Year’s Day Valentine’s Day Veterans' Day Halloween Mother’s Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Christmas Independence Day Ramadan Memorial Day Yom Kippur
  3. 3. The names of famous places, buildings and monuments are proper nouns. Big Ben the Golden Gate Bridge the Empire State Building the Sydney Opera House the Sphinx the Great Wall of China the Taj Mahal Buckingham Palace Graceland Chaco Canyon Pueblo the Eiffel Tower the Leaning Tower of Pisa the Grand Canyon the Statue of Liberty The names of people who live in a particular country are also proper nouns. country people country people Afghanistan Afghans Samoa Samoans Australia Australians New Zealand New Zealanders Britain the British Pakistan Pakistanis China the Chinese the Philippines Filipinos France the French Russia Russians Germany Germans Nicaragua Nicaraguans India Indians South Africa South Africans Indonesia Indonesians Spain Spaniards Italy Italians Switzerland the Swiss Japan the Japanese Thailand Thais Korea Koreans USA Americans Malaysia Malaysians Vietnam the Vietnamese