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Grade 5 - English Language
2.25 Proper and Common Nouns

Nouns are words that stand for a person, place, thing, or an idea. They can be singular (one) or plural (more than one).

Proper nouns name specific people, places or things. They begin with capital letters.
Examples: Detroit, Abraham Lincoln, Mozart, Pacific Ocean, Red Sea

Common nouns name nonspecific people, places or things. They do not begin with capital letters.
Examples: city, chair, book, university, man, dog, sea

More examples:

PROPER NOUNS: Detroit, Picasso, Oakland Community College
COMMON NOUNS: team, artist, college

Directions: Answer the following questions. Also, write five more examples of common nouns and proper nouns and use all of your example words in sentences.
Q 1: Find a proper noun in: Coach Fred knew of her interest in soccer, so he joined her in the team.
team
soccer
Coach Fred
interest

Q 2: Find a proper noun in: Jack said that according to the sign, the nearest town is 60 miles away.
nearest
sign
Jack
town

Q 3: Find proper noun(s) in: Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty together again.
wall
Humpty Dumpty
men
king's horses

Q 4: Find a proper noun in: Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow; And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.
lamb
snow
Mary
fleece

Q 5: Find a common noun in: Does Jimmy really want to move to a different state?
state
Jimmy
move
want

Q 6: Find a proper noun in: Jack is specially interested in the boat named Maiden Bonvoyage.
boat
Maiden Bonvoyage
named
interested

Q 7: Find a proper noun in: At Gettysburg Harbor, many boats are always sailing in and out.
many
Gettysburg Harbor
sailing
boats

Q 8: Find a common noun in: Jill has been invited aboard Maiden Bonvoyage by its captain.
captain
aboard
Jill
Maiden Bonvoyage

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