Proper Noun Definition and Examples

Proper Noun Definition and Examples

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Proper Noun Definition

Proper noun is a word used to specifically denote a person, animal, thing, or place.

Proper nouns are always capitalized, whether in the mid of sentence or at the start.

For example,

Common NounProper Noun
ManMitchell Johnson
Animal (Dog)Labrador Retriever
ThingPearson Algebra (textbook)
PlaceNew Orleans
common and proper nouns

How to identify proper nouns?

Capitalization of words is one identification point but remember that all capital words are not proper nouns.

Identify whether the capital word is a specific name or not. If it is a specific name, then it is a proper noun.

Examples

See these example sentences of a proper noun. The bold word in each sentence indicates the proper noun.

  1. Tom was my roommate in the university hostel.
  2. She completed her graduation from the University of Houston.
  3. Hamilton Park is an amazing place to visit.
  4. Jackson has been living in San Antonio for 20 years.
  5. London Road is a popular place in the United Kingdom.
  6. Melbourne Zoo is one of the best zoos in Australia.
  7. Do you like to visit Philip Island National Park?
  8. Marmoset monkeys are 18 inches in size.
  9. I bought Pearson Algebra 1 textbook.
  10. Sarah is baking cookies.

List

Let’s look at the list of proper nouns

People

  • Michael Clarke
  • Tania
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James Francis
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Luke Martin
  • Salma Hayek
  • Doctor Norris
  • Captain James

Animals

  • Labrador Retriever (dog)
  • Harz Roller (parrot)
  • Persian Cat
  • Woolly Rhinoceros
  • Fluffy

Things

  • Samsung Note 1
  • Kleenex
  • Wendy’s Burger
  • HP Laptop
  • New York Times
  • Pepsi-Cola
  • Divergent (book)
  • Ferrari Car

Places

  • Sydney
  • New York
  • Australia
  • Disneyland Park
  • 10 Downing Street
  • Hamilton
  • Kew Gardens
  • Oxford Street
  • Mount Everest
  • St. Louis National Park

Exercises

Find the proper nouns in the given sentences and write it against each sentence.

  1. I use Kleenex tissues. ( __________ )
  2. Alex is my mentor. ( __________ )
  3. Tania was born in Glasgow. ( __________ )
  4. I am a fan of the book “The Power of Habit.” ( __________ )
  5. Akan National Park is a very beautiful place to visit. ( __________ )
  6. Lake Superior is the largest lake in the United States of America. ( __________ )
  7. Do you like Wendy’s fresh beef burger? ( __________ )
  8. The capital city of Poland is Warsaw. ( __________ )
  9. Disneyland Park was founded on 17th July 1955. ( __________ )
  10. We arrived at Heathrow Airport at 10 pm. ( __________ )

Answers

  1. Kleenex
  2. Alex
  3. Tania, Glasgow
  4. The Power of Habit
  5. Akan National Park
  6. Lake Superior, United States of America
  7. Wendy’s
  8. Poland, Warsaw
  9. Disneyland Park
  10. Heathrow airport
Proper Noun Definition and Examples
Proper Noun Definition and Examples

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