Proper Nouns

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Proper Nouns :

A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or idea. Whatever exists, we assume, can be named, and that name is a noun. A proper noun, which names a specific person, place, or thing (Carlos, Queen Marguerite, Middle East, Jerusalem, Malaysia, Presbyterianism, God, Spanish, Buddhism, the Republican Party), is almost always capitalized. A proper noun used as an addressed person's name is called a noun of address.

Common nouns name everything else, things that usually are not capitalized.

A group of related words can act as a single noun-like entity within a sentence.

A Noun Clause contains a subject and verb and can do anything that a noun can do:

  • What he does for this town is a blessing.

  • A Noun Phrase, frequently a noun accompanied by modifiers, is a group of related words acting as a noun:

    the oil depletion allowance; the abnormal, hideously enlarged nose.

    There is a separate section on word combinations that become Compound Nouns — such as :

    daughter-in-law, half-moon, and stick-in-the-mud.

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