Hello English Learner, Welcome to this post where I am going to explain what is a Proper Noun?
What is Proper Noun?
Let me Start with Noun.
First, Let’s understand What is a Noun? A noun is a naming word. It means you name something, some person, or someplace, you give it a name. That name word is called a Noun.
As per popular English Grammar Books, you can see the definition of Noun is given as follows:
“A Noun is a name of a person, a place, or a thing.”
I hope you are well aware of the Noun now.
Let’s move to the Proper Noun.
Definition of Proper Noun as per popular Grammar Books is as follows:
A proper noun is the name of a particular person, place, organization, or thing. Proper nouns begin with a capital letter.
For Example, Proper Nouns are Rahul, John, Katie, London, Philips, etc
For these Same Things, we can have a common Noun as well.
For Example, Boy, Husband, Girl, City, Etc
It is necessary to understand the Common Noun when we are trying to learn Proper Noun.
Let me create a table for you so that you can understand easily what is a proper noun? and what is a common noun?.
|Common Noun||Proper Noun|
|City||Rio De Janeiro|
I hope with this list you would have understood the difference between a Proper Noun and a common noun.
Let’s take an example, Boy is called a boy everywhere, However, a specific boy is called Rahul. Therefore, Boy is a Proper Noun and Rahul is a common Noun.
One More Chart for your Understanding.
|Common Noun||Proper Noun|
Tito’s Taco Palace
Declaration of Independence
University of Southern California
Ankita Offered Saleem one of her mother’s homemade oatmeal cookies but only an Oreo would satisfy his teeth.
Let’s Analysis This sentence for Proper Nouns and Common Nouns:
- Ankita – Proper Noun
- Saleem – Proper Noun
- Mother – Common Noun
- Cookies – Common Noun
- Oreo – Proper Noun
- Teeth – Common Noun
Aishwarya wanted to try a new restaurant, so Abhishek took her to Tito’s Taco Palace, where no one dips into the hot sauce until the drinks have arrived at the table.
In the above-mentioned sentence, you can see that Aishwarya, Abhishek, Tito’s Taco Palace are Proper Nouns and Restaurant, Sauce, Drinks, table are common nouns.
Also, Study What is an Abstract Noun.
In contrast, proper nouns name specific people, places, things, animals and ideas.
This list shows some different types of proper nouns and examples:
Type of Proper Noun
Example of Proper Noun
Buildings & Structures
Events & Festivals
Months / Days of the Week
|Lady Gaga, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sarah, Michael
Mr, Mrs, Professor, Dr, Sir, Madam, Queen
United Nations, Coca-Cola, Museum of Modern Art
The White House, Empire State Building
Asia, New York, Atlantic Ocean, Mount Kilimanjaro
Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Torah, Bhagavad Gita
Roman Empire, Berlin Wall, World War I
Wimbledon, New Year’s Eve, Miss Universe Pageant
February, December, Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
The relationship between Proper & Common Nouns
Every proper noun has a common noun equivalent. There is always a general way to describe something:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Michael Jackson, President Obama
AC Milan, Chicago Bulls
I hope you can clearly see now how common nouns are general and proper nouns describe something specific?
Please Remember proper nouns are CAPITALIZED:
- The first president of India was Rajendra Prasad.
- There is a gigantic monument dedicated to Vallabh Bhai Patel.
- I am studying at a local university.
- I am majoring in politics at Dharm Samaj University. (A specific university)
If you need specific help with Proper Noun, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
English Language Trainer