A proper noun is the name given to something to make it more specific (e.g., Johnathan, Ollie, London, Monday). Proper nouns are written with capital letters regardless of where they appear in a sentence.
Proper nouns contrast with common nouns, which are the words for something (e.g., boy, dog, city, day). Common nouns are written with a capital letter only when they start a sentence.
Remember, everything we can see or discuss is represented by a word that names it. That word is called a noun.
All nouns can be categorized into one of two groups: common nouns and proper nouns.
This page is about proper nouns, but it is worth learning about common nouns and proper nouns at the same time.
A More Formal Definition of Proper Noun and Common NounA proper noun is used for a specific person, place, or thing. A common noun is used for a class of person, place, or thing.
Examples of Proper Nouns and Common NounsHere are some examples of proper nouns and common nouns:
Examples of Proper Nouns in SentencesBelow are some examples of proper nouns (shaded) and common nouns in the same sentence.
What are common nouns?
The different types of nouns
What is title case?
Capital letters (with proper and common nouns)
Glossary of grammatical terms
Remember, a proper noun is written with a capital letter, because it is a name or a title. Do not give a word a capital letter just because it is an important word in your sentence.
Click on the proper nouns: