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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, such as book or dog, that can be preceded by the definite article and that represents one or all of the members of a class.
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(Grammar) grammar a noun that refers to each member of a whole class sharing the features connoted by the noun, as for example planet, orange, and drum. Compare proper noun
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a noun that may be preceded by an article or other limiting modifier and that denotes any or all of a class of entities and not an individual, as man, city, horse, music.Also called com′mon name′.Compare proper noun.
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|Noun||1.||common noun - a noun that denotes any or all members of a class|
noun - a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
adnoun - an adjective used as a noun; "`meek' in `blessed are the meek' is an adnoun"
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