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common nouns vs. proper nouns
Nouns fall into one of two broad categories: common nouns and proper nouns.
All nouns serve to name a person, place, or thing. Those that identify general people, places, or things are called common nouns—they name that which is common among others. Proper nouns, on the other hand, are used to identify an absolutely unique person, place, or thing. A proper noun names someone or something that is one of a kind, which is signified by the use of a capital letter, no matter where it appears in a sentence.
A noun belonging to the class of words used as names for unique individuals, events, or places. Also called proper name.
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(Grammar) the name of a person, place, or object, as for example Iceland, Patrick, or Uranus. Compare common noun
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a noun that designates a particular person, place, or thing, is not normally preceded by an article or other limiting modifier, and is usu. capitalized in English, as Lincoln, Beth, Pittsburgh. Also called prop′er name′. Compare common noun.
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A noun that is the name of a person, thing, place, or event, such as “Anna” or “France.”
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|Noun||1.||proper noun - a noun that denotes a particular thing; usually capitalized|
noun - a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
common noun - a noun that denotes any or all members of a class
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