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Proper and Common Nouns

A proper noun is a noun which refers to a specific person, group of people, place, animal, or thing. (Such as: Sam, Manchester United Football Club, Mexico, Lassie, Grand Canyon)

A common noun is a noun which refers to any or all of the members of a class, (a person, place, or thing). (Such as: man, team, country, dog, river)

Rule: Common nouns are not capitalized; proper nouns are capitalized.

Match the common noun with the correct proper noun.

1. month                                                                     Puerto Rico

2. city                                                                         Alps

3. boy                                                                         Dr. Greene

4. uncle                                                                       McDonald’s

5. island                                                                     Aunt Bee

6. beverage                                                                St. Michael’s Catholic Church

7. mountain                                                                 Dana

8. doctor                                                                     United States

9. circus                                                                       October

10. president                                                                 Uncle Sam

11. country                                                                   Los Angeles

12. ocean                                                                      Coca Cola

13. school                                                                     Barnum and Bailey Circus

14. church                                                                     President Clinton

15. girl                                                                           Atlantic Ocean

16. aunt                                                                         Aquinas Grammar

17. hamburger stand                                                       David

 

Write a proper noun to go with each common noun.

1. book _________________

2. television program _________________

3. song _________________

4. film _________________

5. actor _________________

6. boy _________________

7. lake _________________

8. school _________________

9. dog _________________

10. month _________________

11. girl _________________

12. holiday _________________

13. bridge _________________

14. actress _________________

15. singer _________________
 

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