Common And Proper Nouns

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In the picture above, we see a girl, a dog, a plant and a garden.

'Girl', 'dog', 'plant' and 'garden' are the general names of people, animals, things and places.

Such words are called common nouns.

Common nouns do not begin with capital letters unless they appear at the beginning of sentences.

Examples:

1. I have climbed a mountain before.

2. The teacher is teaching my favourite subject.

3. My neighbour drives a red car.

4. The boy moved to another country when he was five years old.

5. My friends are waiting for me at the hotel.

Look at the picture again. The girl is called 'Amanda' and the dog is called 'Cookie'.

'Amanda' and 'Cookie' are the special names given to the girl and the dog respectively.

These special names are called proper nouns.

Proper nouns always begin with capital letters.

Examples:

1. I have climbed Mount Everest before.

2. Mr. Wong is teaching Geography.

3. Amanda drives a red Honda Accord.

4. Freddy moved to Australia when he was five years old.

5. Wei Ming and Eileen are waiting for me at The Fullerton Hotel.

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