Common & Proper Nouns

Proper nouns have two distinct features: They name specific one-of-a-kind items, and they begin with capital letters, no matter where they occur within a sentence.

Proper Noun Examples

In the following sentences, proper noun examples are compared with common nouns. Notice that the proper nouns are specific and unique, while the common nouns are much more general in nature.

  1. Common noun: I want to be a writer.Proper noun: Agatha Christie wrote many books.
  2. Common noun: I’d like to adopt a cat.                                                                                                  Proper noun: Cleopatra is the cutest kitten ever.
  3. Common noun: Would you like a cookie?Proper noun: I’m craving Oreos.
  4. Common noun: Let’s go to the city.Proper noun: Let’s go to Kuala Lumpur.
  5. Common noun: My teacher starts work at 7:30 a.m.Proper noun: Mr. Osman seems to understand what students need.
  6. Common noun: I think that’s a planet, not a star.Proper noun: I can see Jupiter tonight.
  7. Common noun: He’s always hanging out with his friend.Proper noun: He never goes anywhere without Saravanan.

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