Proper Noun
 
 
 
 
Proper Noun

In this lesson you will learn the definition of a proper noun, study examples of proper nouns, and take a test.
Proper Noun Definition
  • A proper noun is:
  • a word used to name a specific person, animal, place, or thing
  • written beginning with an uppercase (capital) letter
  • the opposite of a common noun
Proper Noun Examples
  • Names of people
  • Albert Einstein, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie
  • Pet names of animals
  • Rocky, Rover, Spot
  • Religions, scriptures, deities
  • Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, the Torah, the Bible, Buddha
  • Geographical and astronomical names
  • the Universe, Uranus, the Pacific Ocean, Mount Everest
  • Months, days of the week, holidays
  • January, Monday, New Years
  • Historical events
  • the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War
  • Country names and words derived from those names
  • America, Americans, England, English, Japan, Japanese
  • City names
  • New York, London, Paris
  • Monuments, buildings, rooms
  • Washington Monument, Taj Mahal, Room 248
  • The names of companies, organizations, trade marks, brand names
  • Microsoft, NAFTA, Coca Cola
  • Vehicle names
  • Toyota, Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Malibu
  • Awards
  • the Nobel Peace Prize, the Lombardi Trophy
  • Note: some words can be used as both common nouns and proper nouns
  • The Internet is a proper noun when it refers to the specific global information network.
  • The internet is a common nouns when it refers to "internet technologies" such as TCP/IP, DNS, HTTP.
Proper Noun Test

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

     a.  Albert Einstein
     b.  tree
     c.  mountain
     d.  car
2.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  Barack Obama
     b.  table
     c.  bird
     d.  desk
3.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  deer
     b.  flowers
     c.  Mount Everest
     d.  mountain
4.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  apple
     b.  dog
     c.  moose
     d.  Judaism
5.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  leaf
     b.  flock
     c.  cherry
     d.  Japan
6.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  equipment
     b.  girl
     c.  Starbucks
     d.  jewelry
7.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  tables
     b.  Mount Rushmore
     c.  dish
     d.  radios
8.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  Toyota
     b.  women
     c.  bus
     d.  birds
9.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  trees
     b.  cars
     c.  January
     d.  desk
10.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  Nobel Peace Prize
     b.  leaf
     c.  cherry
     d.  party
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Additional Information
Commonly Used Nouns
(Beginner - Listening)

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.
Grammar Tips
Can You Catch These Native Speaker Mistakes?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of common mistakes. 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 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.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
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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