A common noun names a general person, place or thing.
examples: I went to the city.
The man was kind.
A proper noun names a specific person, place, or thing. Always capitalize the first letter of a proper noun.
examples: I went to San Francisco.
Mr. Brown was kind.
Directions: Underline the common nouns with a blue crayon. Underline the proper nouns with a red crayon.
1. The house is on Main Street. (1 common, 1 proper)
2. Karen played with her sister. (1 common, 1 proper)
3. Fran went to Friendly’s Pet Shop. (2 proper)
4. The car stopped quickly. (1 common)
5. Morgan Boulevard is a busy street. (1 proper, 1 common)
6. Michael and his friend chased the kitten. (1 proper, 2 common)
7. Did you see Kevin at the party? (1 proper, 1 common)
8. Laura looked at the stars through her telescope. (1 proper, 2 common)
9. There were no yellow markers in the box. (2 common)
10. Have you ever eaten a cheeseburger at Burger Planet? (1 common, 1 proper)
11. A young boy found a dollar on the sidewalk. (3 common)
12. Mary sat by the fire and roasted a marshmallow. (1 proper, 2 common)
Directions: Write the word “common” next to each common noun. Re-write each proper noun correctly.
13. alice smith ______________
14. carpenter _______________
15. dog _______________
16. max _______________
17. book _______________
18. mayberry library _______________
19. jupiter _______________
20. planet _______________
The Common Noun
Recognize a common noun when you see one.
Nouns name people, places, and things. Every noun can further be classified as common or proper. A common noun names generalitems. Go into the kitchen. What do you see? Refrigerator, magnet, stove, window, coffee maker, wallpaper, spatula, sink, plate—all of thesethings are...