A noun has been defined as a word used as the name of something.
Capital Letters & Proper Nouns
As a rule we use a Capital Letter for the first letter of a name or proper noun. This includes names of people, places, companies, days of the week and months.
- This is George.
- I live in Italy.
- They work for Amazon.
- My birthday is in January.
- I don’t like Mondays.
- I bought it at Harrods.
A common noun must fall into one or more of these categories:
- Abstract nouns: Things you can’t see or touch (e.g., Happiness, joy, love).
- Collective nouns: Describe groups (e.g., team, orchestra, family).
- Compound nouns: Nouns made up of more than one word (e.g., Shoe shop, sunset, father-in-law).
- Concrete nouns: Things you can see or touch (e.g., tree, ball, pencil).
- Non-countable nouns: Objects or ideas you can’t count, that lack a plural form (e.g., music, oxygen, wine).
- Person specific nouns: People, jobs, occupations (e.g., mother, father, waitress).
My favourite newspaper (common noun) is the Washington Post (proper noun).
Her husband (common noun) is called John (proper noun).
Babe Ruth (proper noun) is the greatest baseball player (common noun) in history.
Adapted from: Practical Grammar and Composition, by Thomas Wood