common vs. proper nouns
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What is a common noun?

Common nouns are general names. They name any person, animal, place, thing, or idea. Do not use a capital letter for a common noun, unless it starts a sentence.

Look at the picture above. The word queen is a common noun, a general word for any queen in any kingdom.

Common nouns contrast with proper nouns, which are specific names.

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What is a proper noun?

Proper nouns are unique names. They name specific people, animals, places, things, or ideas. They always begin with capital letters.

Look at the picture above. The word Snow Queen is a proper noun. It is the name of a specific queen, it is her own name. But the word queen is a common noun because it could refer to any queen in the world.

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online and printable materials to help esl kids learn and practise common and proper nouns

In this unit you will find resources for ESL teachers and students to learn English common and proper nouns in a fun way.

Try our online activities and printable worksheets as well to convince kids that grammar can be fun!

You can work through the unit systematically or in any order you like.