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1. What are Proper Nouns
All nouns are words naming people, animals, places, things, and ideas. Every noun can be further classified as either common or proper.
Proper nouns are specific and unique, while common nouns are much more general in nature, for example:
- Would you like a biscuit? Yes please, Can I have a Jaffa Cake?
Biscuit is a general or common noun and Jaffa Cake is specific or proper noun.
2. Spelling of proper names in English
Proper names (or nouns) are capitalized in English. Here are some examples:
days of the week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
months: January, February, March
holidays: Easter, Christmas, Lent
names of companies: Rolls Royce, Coca Cola, Google
countries, towns: Ireland, Mexico, San Francisco
sights: Niagara Falls, Nelson’s Column, The Eiffel Tower
books, films, prizes: Gone with the Wind, the Oscar, the Nobel Prize
names of people: John, Jennie Taylor, Theodore Roosevelt
titles: Mr. Dr. Professor, General Smith