Common and Proper Noun? Definition, Examples and Exercise

By | July 25, 2017


Definition: Common nouns name any person, place, thing, or idea. They are not capitalized unless they come at the beginning of a sentence. Proper nouns are the names of specific people, places, things, or ideas. Proper nouns should always be capitalized.


Common                    Proper
man                =>         Victor Hugo
mountain       =>          Mount Kilimanjaro
ocean             =>           Atlantic Ocean
country          =>           United States
state               =>            Minnesota
cat                 =>             Buttons


Don’t forget to capitalize all parts of proper nouns. Many people forget to capitalize words like river and county in proper nouns like Yellow River and Orange Country.


Find out Proper and Common Noun from example for exercise

Proper Noun


  • The boy threw the ball to his dog, Wilson.
  • We went to smith’s furniture and bought a new couch to replace our old one.
  • My best friend moved to Israel to study.
  • My second grade teacher was Mrs. Gilbert, an old battle-axe.
  • When the titanic sank, the captain went down with the ship.



Common Noun

  • I really want a new pair of jeans.
  • I wish I could remember the name of that painter.
  • They are all waiting for us at the restaurant.
  • Let’s go to watch a live game at the stadium.
  • I really want to live in a big city Some day.

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