Common and Proper Nouns

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A common noun names any person, animal, place , or thing.

Examples: miner, deer, province, rock

A proper noun names a specific person, animal, place, or thing.

It always begins with a capital letter.

Examples: Mr Jenkins, Bambi, Alberta, the Olympics.

Identify the common nouns and proper nouns in the following sentences:

  1. Aunt Rosaline and her family moved to Edmonton last year.
  2. Her daughter Sherry told me that West Edmonton Mall is the world’s largest shopping centre.
  3. You find all types of shops in the mall.
  4. Have you ever heard of Turtle Mountain?
  5. There was a town called Frank at the foot of the mountain.
  6. Alberta is the province to the east of British Columbia.
  7. My family will take a trip to Banff next month.
  8. Our neighbour will take care of our dog Mickey for us.

Ask the students to fill in the following form with suitable information. This will be a good exercise to test their understanding of the difference between common nouns and proper nouns.

All the information you fill in should be proper nouns

1.    My name:

2.    My birth month:

3.    The City I live in:

4.    School I go to:

5.    My favourite book:

6.    My favourite  movie:

7.    My favourite festival:

8.    Name of my father:

9.    Name of my mother:

10.  Name of my siblings:

11.  Name of my best friend:

12.  Name of my pet (if any):


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About Noble Augustine

 An English teacher in Canada Mr. Noble Augustine is currently working with  Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. He started his career as a teacher in English in 2001 after completing his M A in English from St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry .He secured the first rank for M Phil from School of Letters,  Mahathma Gandhi University in 2003. His subjects of interest are Theory and Practice of Translation, Modern and Postmodern poetry, Postcolonial Writing, Literary theory, and Communicative English. He has presnted many academic papers in various national and international seminars. Gothic Romance: Emile Bronte's Wuthering HeightsMoby Dick: A study in Megalomania, The Comic Paradise: A Rereading of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest, Politics and Geography in the Poetry of Kamala Das, The politics of Deconstruction, Rasa and Dhwani: the Essence of Eastern Aesthetics, The Trend of Multi-generic Parody in Malayalam Fiction:A Reading of Contemporary Short Stories in Malayalam. Facilitation Techniques for Adult Language Teaching etc, to name a few.  He has translated into English Aalakampadi (The Escort) a novel by B Murali, a well-known writer in Kerala, India . He worked as lecturer in English in two Libyan Universities: Omar al Mokhtar University,  and  University of Bengazi , where he also chaired the committee of  Quality Assurance, Assessment and Accreditation.  He guided and supervised the dissertation of Undergraduate Students and chaired the Viva Voce Examination. . He has also trained, supervised  and assessed teacher education students in their practical teaching. In 2011 he obtained his certificate as a Teacher of English as a Second Langauge  from Oxford Seminars.  He spends his free time in volunteering  as the Financial Secretary of  Knights of Columbus and as the  president of St.Mary's Family Unit in the parish of Mother Teresa Syro Malabar Church, Calgary, Alberta.   

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