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. Here, we'll take a closer look at proper nouns, provide proper noun examples, and help you learn how to use a proper noun the right way.
Remember that all nouns are words naming people, animals, places, things, and ideas. Every noun can be further classified as either common or proper. The distinction is very easy to make once you see some examples and come up with a few of your own.
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.
Proper noun: Agatha Christie wrote many books.
Proper noun: Cleopatra is the cutest kitten ever.
Proper noun: I'm craving Oreos.
Proper noun: Let's go to San Francisco.
Proper noun: Mr. Bell seems to understand what students need.
Proper noun: I can see Jupiter tonight.
Proper noun: He never goes anywhere without Sarah.
Proper noun: There are many important documents at The Library of Congress.
It's easy to use proper nouns, once you know what they are. Simply place them in your sentences as you would common nouns, ensuring that you capitalize them. Here are some examples to help you get started.
→ Teacher is a common noun. Ms. Boggs is a proper noun.
→ Cookie is a common noun. Oreos is a proper noun.
→ Restaurant is a common noun. Taste of Thai is a proper noun.
Identify the proper noun in each sentence: