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Nouns

What's Your Name?

Definition:

Nouns are also called naming words. Everything around us has a name. So nouns are words for people, places, animals, and things.

Example:


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Telephone

A telephone is a thing. Other nouns which indicate things are given below.

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2.car

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3.tree

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4.bulb

There are so many people around us. Can you think of any nouns that name a person?

Examples:

1. Rohan is a boy

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Other nouns which indicate people are:

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2. doctor

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3. chef

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4. farmer

Names of places around us are also nouns.

Examples:

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1. zoo

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2. beach

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3. park

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4. school

Nouns create the largest class of words in English. There are different kinds of nouns. In this lesson, we learn about Proper Nouns.

Proper Noun:

A noun that gives a special name to a particular person, animal, place or thing is called a proper noun.

Example:

Look at this dog. Its name is Pluto. The dog lives with Atul. Atul is a boy. Pluto is a special name given to this dog. Similarly, Atul is a special name given to this boy.

Therefore, special names are given to identify a particular person, animal, place, or thing.


General Rules:

1. The days of the weeks are proper nouns. We should always capitalize them.

Examples:

  • We will visit the museum on Sunday.
  • I will go to school on Monday.

2. The months of the year are proper nouns. We must capitalize them.

Examples:

  • My birthday is in April.
  • June is the sixth month of the year.

3. Holidays are Proper nouns. Capitalize them.

Examples:

  • My favourite holiday is Christmas.
  • We celebrated New Year’s Eve at my grandmother’s house.

4. The name of a city, country, river, ocean is also a proper noun. Always capitalize them.

Examples:

  • Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai are important ports of India.
  • The Ganges is one of the longest rivers in India.

Remember:

Some proper nouns have more than one word, like the United Kingdom, Statue of Liberty etc. Capitalize the first letter of the proper noun.

Example:

United Kingdom

Uncle Sunil

Statue of Liberty

Common Mistake:

1. Proper nouns must be capitalized, no matter where it is placed in a sentence.


Example:


Rinku and Reeta are best friends. ✓


Rinku and reeta are best friends.❌


2. Do not mistake the name of a season as a proper noun. Always write the names of seasons in small letters.

Example:


I love the summer season.✓


I love the Summer season. ❌

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