Proper Nouns




Proper Nouns :


Proper nouns are names for particular people, places or things. They always begin with a capital letter.

Your own name and the names of your friends are proper nouns too.

Beethoven
Omar
Lisa
Santa Claus
Kim Lee

Here are some more names of people.

Ali Baba
Florence
Nightingale
Derek
Jeter
Pauline
Johnny
Depp
Patrick
Harry Potter
Pinocchio
Robin Hood
Ram
Sita
Ravi
Gavel
Raja
Vel
John
Mani


The names of countries and their people are also proper nouns.

American
Egyptian
Indian
Italian
Thai
Japanese
Korean
Malay
Filipino
Pakistani

Country….People

America….Americans
Egypt….Egyptians
France….French
India….Indians
Italy….Italians
Japan….Japanese
Korea….Koreans
Malaysia….Malaysians
Pakistan….Pakistanis
Thailand….Thais


The names of towns, cities, buildings and landmarks are proper nouns.

Bangkok
Beijing
Big Ben
Brooklyn Bridge
Central Park
Denver
Egypt
Hong Kong
London
New Delhi
New York
Paris
Pike’s Peak
Sydney
The Eiffel Tower
The Grand Canyon
The Great Wall of China
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Statue of Liberty
Tokyo


The days of the week and months of the year are proper nouns.

Days

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Months

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

January is the first month of the year.
Sunday is the first day of the week.


The names of mountains, seas, rivers and lakes are proper nouns.

Mount Everest
The Thames
Niagara Falls
Lake Michigan
The Alps
The Himalayas
The Dead Sea
The Pacific Ocean
Mount Fuji
The Yellow River

You often use THE before names of oceans, rivers, seas and ranges of mountains.

Mount means mountain. It is often used in the names of mountains.

For Example :

Mount Everest
Mount St. Helens

The written short form for Mount is Mt.

For Example :

Mt. Everest
Mt. Fuji


The names of festivals, some special events and holidays are proper nouns, too.

Valentine’s Day
Father’s Day
Halloween
New Year’s Day

Here are more names of festivals and holidays.

Christmas
Mother’s Day
Memorial Day
April Fool’s Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Independence Day
St. Patrick’s Day

Examples of Proper Nouns :

The White House
The green dress
The tall building
The Empire State Building
The Yellow River
The muddy river
The governor
The Governor Parker
The Oregon Trail
The winding trail

Example sentences with bot the proper nouns and the common nouns.

1. July is often the hottest month in summer.
2. One day Ali Baba saw the forty thieves hiding in a cave.
3. Shawn and Ashley are going to the beach for a swim.
4. Mr. Lee is reading a book.
5. “I am your fairy godmother," said the old woman to Cinderella.
6. Uncle Mike is a lawyer.
7. Next Tuesday is a public holiday.
8. Many children enjoyed the movie Lion King.
9. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island.
10. The Capital of Illinois is Springfield.
11. My Friends and I prefer Glittergums toothpaste.
12. Their Family visited Yellowstone National Park.
13. Juan and Maria attend Kennedy Middle school.
14. We had a surprise party for Aunt Helen.
15. Spring and fall are my favorite seasons.
16. The Manager scolded his lazy employees.


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