English

“Proper and Common nouns.”

Proper Noun

So what exactly is a "proper noun"?

A proper noun is a *unique identifier.

The name of a person, place or thing.

A person

A place

A thing

Stephan

Shareffa

David

Eileen

Portrush

Antrim

Ulster

Ireland

Honda

Lego

Snickers

Weetabix

Things to remember

 A proper noun is always written with a capital letter

 A proper noun is primarily used to distinguish something, therefore the use of a plural is very rare.

Common Noun

Common nouns are generic names

A common noun is a ^unique descriptor.

A person

A place

A thing

boy

girl

Man

Woman

town

county

province

country

car

toy

candy

cereal

Things to remember

 A common noun will help describe a proper noun.

 If a common noun is also a countable noun, then the common noun becomes plural when there is more than one

When a proper noun is tied to a common noun the capital letter of the proper noun must be also applied to the common noun.

We live in County Antrim.

Using common nouns as descriptors will provide more information

David is a man.

The woman is called Eileen.

When a proper noun is tied to a common noun the capital letter of the proper noun must be also applied to the common noun.

Identifier:

   *Unique;  A word, in and to itself, unique. proper nouns.

 **General; A word that can represent a "unique identifier" without the need of a "determiner" e.g. a, the, every. pronouns.

 

 

Descriptor:

    ^Unique;   A word that is used as an introduction to help define a "unique identifier" or a "general identifier". common nouns.

   ^^General;  A word that is used to define things made from matter. concrete nouns.

^^^intangible; A word is used to define things absent of matter. abstract nouns.