What Is The Difference Between The Common Noun Vs. Proper Noun

What Is The Difference Between The Common Noun Vs. Proper Noun

What Is The Difference Between The Common Noun Vs. Proper Noun

What are nouns?

Definition:

As children, we were usually told that a noun is a “naming word” or something that refers to a person, place, animal, idea, or thing.

 

How do you recognize a noun?

The common endings of nouns are:
# -er/-or ( mother, daughter, father, doctor )
# -ism ( vandalism, baptism, buddhism, taoism )
# -ily ( capability, ability )
# -ist ( communist, artist, pianist )
# -ment ( government, employment )
# -tion ( fire station )

Nouns are often preceded by determiners
# A bag
# An apple
# The school
# Some children
# Many people
# Adjectives “beautiful girl.”

 

What is the difference between Proper Nouns and Common Nouns?

 

Definition:

Common Nouns refers to general or nonspecific items.
Proper Nouns refers to a specific person, place, thing, animal, and idea.



Rules of the Proper Noun and Common Noun

Proper nouns should be in capital form.

Dr. Harry

Prof. Snape

 

Example: “Dr. Harry and Prof. Snape are very good people.”
Dr. Harry – name of a person – Capital letter

Prof. Snape – name of a person – Capital letter.

 

Common nouns do not take a capital letter.

dog
veterinarian

 

example: “The veterinarian treated the dog back to health.”

veterinarian – something that is general – common noun

dog – general – common noun

 

What are the exceptions of the Proper noun and common noun usage?

 

Some nouns can be either proper nouns or common nouns, depending on how we use them.

Example:

# The Earth is the planet we live on.

# The earth is suitable for flowers to grow.

 

# That place has 2 rivers.

# The Yellow River.

 

 

 

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