Common Noun
 
 
 
 
Common Noun

In this lesson you will learn the definition of a common noun, study examples of common nouns, and take a test.
Common Noun Definition
  • A common noun is:
  • a word used to name a general person, animal, place, thing, or abstract idea
  • usually written beginning with an uppercase (capital) letter only when it begins a sentence
  • the opposite of a proper noun
Common Noun Examples
  • Three deer were eating.
  • The neighbors arrived on Sunday.
  • The flowers are really beautiful in March.
  • Hiking up the mountain is fun.
  • Your bicycle needs to be cleaned.
  • I enjoy teaching English at the college.
  • Try to clean up your room.
  • You should study for the exam tomorrow.
  • I like talking with my friends.
  • That tree needs to be trimmed.
  • Apples are really delicious this time of year.
  • Note: the following are NOT common nouns
  • John (proper noun which names a specific person)
  • flock (collective noun which names a group)
Common Nouns Test

Study the examples of common nouns listed above. For each test question, you will be given four words. Three of the words will be common nouns and one word will NOT be a common noun.
1.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  herd
     b.  tree
     c.  mountain
     d.  car
2.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  Barack Obama
     b.  table
     c.  bird
     d.  desk
3.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  deer
     b.  flowers
     c.  Mount Everest
     d.  mountain
4.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  apple
     b.  dog
     c.  moose
     d.  Melissa
5.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  leaf
     b.  flock
     c.  cherry
     d.  car
6.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  equipment
     b.  girl
     c.  Starbucks
     d.  jewelry
7.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  tables
     b.  Mount Rushmore
     c.  dish
     d.  radios
8.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  CIA
     b.  women
     c.  bus
     d.  birds
9.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  trees
     b.  cars
     c.  Wolverine
     d.  desk
10.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  Star Fleet
     b.  leaf
     c.  cherry
     d.  party
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Additional Information
Commonly Used Nouns
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An audio lesson to help with your understanding of nouns. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
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Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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