This Language lesson is designed for 6-12-year-old children. In this video lesson, we will learn about common nouns and proper nouns, the difference between them, and how they’re used in a sentence.
What is a Noun?
A noun is a word that represents the name of a person, place, animal, or thing.
What is a Common Noun?
A common noun is a type of noun that refers to objects, places, people, or animals that do not have specific names. Examples are country, girl, butterfly, city, etc.
Some common examples of common noun
- People: man, woman, child, people, judge, cop, criminal, butcher, baker, king, queen, neighbor, friend, enemy, person, stranger, etc.
- Places: city, town, country, province, state, outside, upstairs, basement, islands, beaches, continents, hallway, lobby, rooms, alleys, campsites, etc.
- Things: guitar, paper, perfume, snow, dirt, drums, apples, oranges, rain, ice, fire, cars, trucks, knees, elbows, food, water, sky, stars, day, weeks, months, years, etc.
- Ideas, emotions, concepts: happiness, sadness, confidence, independence, fear, courage, questions, answers, government, chaos, hunger, anger, confusion, doubt, loneliness, friendship, arts, language, etc.
What is a Proper Noun?
A Proper noun is a type of noun that refers to objects, people, places, or animals with specific names. Examples are Paris, Sarah, Statue of liberty, etc.
Some common examples of a proper noun
- People: Sarah, Mike, Bill Clinton, Obama, Superman, Lady Gaga, Captain Crunch, Harry Potter, etc.
- Places: New York City, Alaska, Asia, Moscow, Portugal, Zimbabwe, Peru, Europe, Asia, Australia, New York city square, Main Street, Rocky Mountains, Nile river, Sahara Desert, etc.
- Things: Google, Twitter, Kawasaki Ninja, Playstation 5, Star Wars, Band-aids, Maggie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Secret Key, Mission Impossible, etc.
- Ideas and Concepts: Christianity, Islam, Friday, Buddhism, Secularism, Industrial Revolution, Dark Ages, Monday, November, etc.
Common Noun vs. Proper Noun
- The difference between a common noun and a proper noun is what type of thing they refer to. Common nouns refer to generic things, while proper nouns refer to specific names.
- Unlike common nouns, proper nouns are always capitalized.
How to Identify Common Nouns and Proper Nouns in a Sentence?
- Sara went to school.
Here, Sara is a proper noun, and school is a common noun.
- Paris is a beautiful city.
Here, Paris is a proper noun, and the city is a common noun.
Help the child identify and differentiate between common and proper nouns, as shown in the video.
Related Common Noun and Proper Noun Worksheet
Using the above-explained concept, practice common and proper nouns using the following worksheets:
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- How to differentiate between common nouns and proper nouns?
When differentiating whether a word is a common or proper noun, look for any noun capitalized in the middle of a sentence. If so, it is a proper noun else a common noun.
- What are common nouns and proper nouns with examples?
Common nouns refer to the generic names of a place, people, or thing, whereas proper nouns refer to specific names of a place, people, or thing. For example, boy is a common noun because it refers to general, non-specific people. On the other hand, Mathew is a proper noun because it refers to a specific name of a person.