What Are Proper Nouns?


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A proper noun gives the actual, specific name of a person, place, thing or idea. While common nouns only refer to things in general, a proper noun is much more specific in what it refers to.

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What Are Proper Nouns?
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Proper nouns give the specific names of people, countries, companies, rivers and other landforms, streets, cities, etc. Proper nouns always begin with a capital letter. For example, "river" is a common noun, but "Mississippi River" is a proper noun, as it refers to an actual, specific river. As another example, "university" is a common noun, while "The University of Oklahoma" is a proper noun.

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