What are nouns?
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?
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.
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.
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.
# The Earth is the planet we live on.
# The earth is suitable for flowers to grow.
# That place has 2 rivers.
# The Yellow River.