Thursday, 5 January 2012

So lets have a deeper view on nouns

Proper Nouns and Common Nouns


Proper nouns name specific people, places, things, or ideas.

Siti, Najwa, Bangsar, Nike, Casio

Since these nouns are naming specific things, they always begin with a capital letter.
Sometimes, they contain two or more important words.


Siti Nurhaliza, Mid Valley Mega Mall, Tutti Frutti
If this is the case, both important words are capitalized, and the whole thing is still considered to be one proper noun even though it's made up of more than one word. How about that?


Common nouns are the opposite of proper nouns. They are your run of the mill, generic nouns. They name people, places, things or ideas that are not specific.

woman, city, dog, shoe

Since these nouns are not naming anything specific, they do not need to start with a capital letter unless they begin a sentence.

Their Relationship

Every proper noun has a common noun equivalent, but not every common noun has a proper noun equivalent!

For example, dust is only a common noun. There is no specific kind of dust, so it's just common.

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