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COMMON and PROPER NOUNS
 
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 common nouns. Leave the house. Where can you go? Mall, restaurant, school, post office, backyard, beach, pet store, supermarket, gas station—all of these places are common nouns. Go to the mall. Who do you see? Teenager, grandmother, salesclerk, police officer, toddler, manager, window dresser, janitor, shoplifter—all of these people are common nouns. The important thing to remember is that common nouns are generalnames. Thus, they are not capitalized unless they begin a sentence or are part of a title. Proper nouns, those that name specific things, do require capitalization.

The Proper Noun

Recognize a proper noun when you see one.

Nouns name people, places, and things. Every noun can further be classified as common or proper. A proper noun has two distinctive features: 1) it will name a specific [usually a one-of-a-kind] item, and 2) it will begin with a capital letter no matter where it occurs in a sentence.

Common & Proper Nouns
 
Many of us that attended government school were not taught that suffixes or word endings will frequently give a clue as to what part of speech a word may belong (e.g., noun, verb, adjective, adverb).  Yet, this is a relatively simple way in which to easily recognize what part of speech a word may belong.  Yet, not only does grammar teach us about the importance of suffixes, but there is a Christian worldview behind grammar that points us to our Lord.    Common Nouns

Common Noun Definition:  The name of a particular person, place, thing or idea.  Common nouns are not capitalized. Examples:  country, winter, car, river
 Exercise
Verbally give as as many nouns as you can think of for the common nouns listed in the box.  Do this as quickly as you can!

Example
jewelry store = rings, necklaces, broaches, beads, lockets, bracelets, anklets, wrist watches, pocket watches, clock fobs, tie clasps, (French) cufflinks, tie clips, gold, silver, chains, counters, cloths (to wipe the jewelry to make it shiney), cash register,...
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