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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: Many child-care workers are underpaid.
There is no proper noun in this sentence.
underpaid
child-care
workers

Q 2: 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.
snow
lamb
fleece
Mary

Q 3: Find a common noun in: Does Jimmy really want to move to a different state?
Jimmy
want
state
move

Q 4: Find a proper noun in: My friend Jill loves to go to the docks to watch the boats sail into the harbor.
Jill
docks
friend
boats

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