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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: My friend Jill loves to go to the docks to watch the boats sail into the harbor.
boats
Jill
docks
friend

Q 2: Find a common noun in: Jill has been invited aboard Maiden Bonvoyage by its captain.
captain
Maiden Bonvoyage
Jill
aboard

Q 3: Find a proper noun in: Jack said that according to the sign, the nearest town is 60 miles away.
sign
Jack
town
nearest

Q 4: 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.
Humpty Dumpty
king's horses
wall
men

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