Difference Between Common and Proper Nouns with Examples

Nouns are mainly divided into common nouns and proper nouns, and it can be quite difficult to differentiate between the two. Buzzle makes it simple for you by giving a list of commonly used nouns, along with various examples to learn their usage in sentences.
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Did You Know?
There are absolutely no rules that have to be followed when pronouncing a proper noun. You can pronounce it any way you like.

A noun is a figure of speech used to identify a person, place, or thing. Nouns are mainly divided into common nouns and proper nouns. Common nouns are used to name persons, places, or things belonging to the same class. They usually start with a small letter. For example, girl, boy, man, woman, lady, baby, child, etc.

Proper nouns are used to name a particular person, place, or a thing. They usually start with a capital letter. For example, Emily, John, David, Seattle, Chicago, Paris, London, Mrs. Jones, etc. Both common and proper nouns play various roles in a sentence. E.g. subject, object (both direct and indirect), object of the preposition, predicate nominative, etc.

Let us learn both these types in detail, with the help of examples.

* Note: Click anywhere on the tables provided below to obtain a print.

COMMON NOUN

A common noun is a common name used for a person, place, or a thing belonging to the same class. It does not start with a capital letter, unless it appears at the beginning of the sentence, or is a part of a title. Common nouns are further divided into singular and plural nouns, mass and count nouns, and abstract and concrete nouns.

Common Noun

LIST OF COMMON NOUNS
LIST OF SINGULAR COMMON NOUNS
Persons 1. Baby
2. Child
3. Man
4. Woman
5. Boy
6. Girl
7. Lady
8. Gentleman
9. Wife
10. Husband
Places 11. Garden
12. Theater
13. River
14. Ocean
15. Building
16. School
17. State
18. Country
19. Beach
20. Bank
Things 21. Boat
22. Book
23. Bottle
24. Computer
25. Cup
26. Box
27. Bus
28. Chair
29. Hat
30. Desk
LIST OF PLURAL COMMON NOUNS
Persons 31. Babies
32. Children
33. Men
34. Women
35. Boys
36. Girls
37. Ladies
38. Gentlemen
39. Wives
40. Husbands
Places 41. Gardens
42. Theaters
43. Rivers
44. Oceans
45. Buildings
46. Schools
47. States
48. Countries
49. Beaches
50. Banks
Things 51. Boats
52. Books
53. Bottles
54. Computers
55. Cups
56. Boxes
57. Buses
59. Chairs
59. Hats
60. Desks
EXAMPLES OF COMMON NOUNS IN SENTENCES
» The baby is sleeping.
» The girls are playing.
» She picked up the pencil.
» I really liked her watch.
» They went to watch the game.
» She gave him a flower.
» The guest was late.
» She cooked the potatoes.
» Her hat was really pretty.
» The women were enjoying themselves.
Apart from singular and plural, common nouns are also divided into collective nouns. Buzzle has explained collective nouns with examples to help you understand them better.

PROPER NOUN

A proper noun is a specific name given to a person, place, or a thing, and starts with a capital letter. Proper nouns include specific names given to people, pets, months, days of the week, cities, states, countries, newspapers, magazines, books, buildings, monuments, brands, languages, planets, etc.

Proper Noun

LIST OF PROPER NOUNS
LIST OF VARIOUS PROPER NOUNS
Persons 1. Mary
2. Susan
3. John
4. Joey
5. David
6. Joseph
7. Anne
8. Rebbecca
9. Meredith
10. Christina
Places 11. India
12. United States
13. France
14. Japan
15. China
16. Singapore
17. Malaysia
18. Chicago
19. Sydney
20. Paris
Things 21. Coke
22. Pepsi
23. Mountain Dew
24. Toyota
25. Honda
26. Maruti
27. Teddy Bear
28. Barbie
29. Scrabble
30. Snickers
LIST OF VARIOUS PROPER NOUNS
Persons 31. Paul
32. Monica
33. Ross
34. Sarah
35. Edward
36. Harry
37. Dan
38. Chris
39. Ted
40. Emily
Places 41. Ohio
42. Pacific Ocean
43. Indian Ocean
44. Atlantic Ocean
45. Arctic Ocean
46. Mount Abu
47. Mount Everest
48. Amazon
49. Nile
50. Niagara Falls
Things 51. Kit Kat
52. Bournville
53. Google
54. Samsung
55. Dell
56. Acer
57. Walmart
58. Pringles
59. Ruffles
60. Lays
EXAMPLES OF PROPER NOUNS IN SENTENCES
» Samsung manufactures excellent cell phones.
» My daughter loves to carry her Barbie around.
» David is going to Paris.
» Nile is the longest river in the world.
» Anne was getting dressed for school.
» I grew up in Ohio.
» John writes well.
» We love to play Scrabble.
» We went to Walmart last week.
» Meredith is a doctor.

COMMON NOUN VS. PROPER NOUN
COMMON NOUN PROPER NOUN
1. Girl Anne
2. Boy John
3. Man David
4. Woman Judy
5. City Chicago
6. State Texas
7. Country Brazil
8. Toy Teddy Bear
9. Book The Alchemist
10. Chips Lays
COMMON NOUN PROPER NOUN
11. Ocean Atlantic Ocean
12. River Nile
13. Sea Dead Sea
14. Building Empire State
15. Computer Dell
16. Company Toyota
17. Chocolate Snickers
18. Park Central Park
19. Beach South Beach
20. Bank National Bank
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMON AND PROPER NOUNS IN SENTENCES
» Honda Accord is a great car.
» Coke is my favorite soda.
» Savannah is a lovely girl.
» Rage of Angels is one of my favorite books.
» James is an obedient boy.
» Mount Everest is the tallest mountain.
» I am moving to another country, possibly Japan.
» Google is one of the richest companies.
» Game of Thrones is my favorite show.
» I lost in a game of Scrabble.
There are a number of worksheets available on the Internet to test your knowledge about the difference between common and proper nouns. So, solve them, check your score, and keep practicing.
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Published: August 8, 2014
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