Noun belongs to one of the parts of speech in the English language. It names a person place, thing, animals, and ideas. is the first is one of the first lessons you will encounter in learning the English language. The noun is considered the basic learning. It may sound simple, however, it has many types you need to learn common nouns and proper nouns.

What is a common noun?

Common Nouns and Proper Nouns
Common nouns are everywhere.

A common noun focuses on naming a general name of a place, a thing, an animal, a person, and an idea. They are not specifically actual names of these nouns.

You use common nouns anytime and anywhere you are. So, it’s not hard to spot or identify common nouns.

Some examples of nouns are the following:

Person: guard, attorney, teacher, father, mother, teenager, old man, woman, man, baby, children, boy, girl

Animals: dog, bear, bird, wolf, fish, eagle, snake, cat, alligator, hamster

Place: park, bus station, university, school, city, nation, town, hospital, continent

Things: paper, chain, book, pencil, table, chair, television, mobile phone, armrest

Ideas: love, hate, hopes, faith, pride, respect, patience, happiness, sadness, trials

Event: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, seasons, party

Using Common Nouns in a sentence

Capitalizing of Common Nouns

In capitalizing common nouns do not involve many and complicated rules. It does only require a simple and easy rule. Since it talks about unspecified names, it does not carry value, but it doesn’t mean it is less important; it still does. So, you use lower case or small letter to all common nouns, except when it is used as a/an:

The first letter of a Sentence. Common nouns can be capitalized if it is used as the first letter of the sentence.

Examples:

  • Love is the most powerful thing in the world.
  • Children always obey your parent because it is good.
  • Dogs are considered the most loyal living things in this world. 
  • Towns and provinces are under the supervision of a mayor or a governor. 
  • Teachers are hard-working individuals on the planet but they are unappreciated.

Use as a headline of a news or story. When a common noun is being utilized as part of a book title or a headline it is capitalized.

Examples:

  • Chronicle of Narnia: the Witch, the Lion, and the Wardrobe is my favorite book sequel because it has so many plot twists.
  • New State laws Passed” is the headline today so for sure my dad is happy about the outcome of this event

Order in a Sentence

The order of the common nouns in the sentence can be;

At the beginning

Examples:

  • Towns and provinces are under the supervision of a mayor or a governor. 
  • Teachers are hard-working individuals on the planet because they mold every child’s life. 

At the middle

Examples:

  • The amazing and superb artist was crying due to his successful exhibition. 
  • Last night when everybody was asleep, the dog barked because there was an unknown man standing outside the gate.

At the end

  • I love my cats but I do not like their fur. 
  • I do not want to live in that town because I like all the people. 

Possessive Common Nouns

Possessive nouns show ownership or relation to something else. To make a singular common noun possessive, simply add an apostrophe and the letter “s.”

Examples:

  • The dog’s fur is smooth and silky because of his shampoo. 
  • The town’s decision about waste disposal is commendable however it is hard to execute. 
  • A teacher’s love for his students is unconditional and genuine and nobody can surpass that. 

The possessive form of a common noun has two forms. If it is a singular common noun, just add an apostrophe and -s (‘s) at the end of the noun. However, if the word ends with -s, add an apostrophe and -s , still.

Examples:

  • The bus’s arrival time is always ahead of time so I always praise the driver
  • The walrus’s show was extravagant and exciting nevertheless you can see that the poor animal was tired already.

For a plural common noun that doesn’t end in “s” simply follow the rules of a singular common noun that doesn’t end in “s” and add an apostrophe and “s.”

  • The men’s room is dirty because the janitor is absent today. 
  • The children’s facial expressions are so innocent but filled with happiness.

 

What is a Proper Noun?

Common Nouns and Proper Nouns
Country is a common noun while Brazil is a proper noun.

The proper noun is the opposite or a representation of the common. There are two features of a proper noun. First, it names a specific or distinct name of a common noun. And, secondly, it begins with a capital letter or a big letter, it doesn’t matter where its position in the sentence is.

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 am a doctor.

Proper noun: My name is Dr. Danica Smith. 

  1. Common noun: The dog was barking the whole night because of the cat. 

Proper noun: Oreo was barking the whole night because of Cream-O, the cat. 

  1. Common noun: He wants to visit one of the countries abroad but he is always busy.

Proper noun: He wants to visit Greece and Rome. 

  1. Common noun: Let’s buy some shoes and sneakers

Proper noun: Let’s buy Nike shoes and Converse sneakers.

  1. Common noun: I love a particular month of the year. 

Proper noun: December is my most favorite time of the year. 

  1. Common noun: We are going to a party because we are bored. 

Proper noun: We are going to Matt’s party because we are bored

7. Common noun: He’s always hanging out with his new friend so we decided not to bring him now.

Proper noun: He’s always hanging out with Anthony so we decide not to bring him now.

Capitalizing a Proper Noun

Capitalization of the proper noun is a direct and only existing rule there is.

Examples:

  • He wants to visit Greece and Rome. 
  • Nike shoes are my favorite brand of sneakers. 
  • He’s always hanging out with Anthony so we decide not to bring him now.

Order in a Sentence

The order of the proper nouns in the sentence can be;

At the beginning

Examples:

  • Oreo is my favorite cookie bar. 
  • Teacher Tessa is a hard-working teacher in our school. 

At the middle

Examples:

  • The amazing and superb Picasso was one of the legends in the field of art. 
  • In the latter part of the story, Cinderella left her shoe in the staircase of the palace.

At the end

  • My mother bought me a Toyota car because I have no car.
  • I do not want to live in New York because it is too far from my parents. 

Test Yourself!

Let’s evaluate you if you have learned anything from our blog. Just read and choose the correct answer.

1. It is a specific term for nouns.

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2. Give the correct equivalent for the common noun "country".

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3. Which of the following has an error?

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