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Proper Nouns

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about proper nouns an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Proper Nouns

Definition of a proper noun.
  • 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.
From YOUR Teacher: Proper Nouns

Hey a reminder to be sure to capitalize the first letter of any words which are proper nouns.
Test: Grammar Proper Nouns

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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