Proper Nouns List & Flashcards

Proper Nouns List & Flashcards
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List the proper nouns:

White House tours are popular with tourists who visit Washington DC, even though they do not include the rooms where the president and his family actually live.

White House, Washington DC
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Can you spot any proper nouns in this example?

My uncle lives in a white house about two blocks from the hospital downtown, on the way to Walgreens.

Walgreens
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List any proper nouns in this sentence:

There are some really great lakes in that part of the country.

None of the nouns are proper nouns.
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Identify the proper noun:

Associate Professor Eleanor Schneider will be teaching the course on organizational behavior.

Associate Professor Eleanor Schneider
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List the proper nouns:

Henry ate Cheerios for breakfast while he watched Sesame Street on television.

Henry, Cheerios, Sesame Street
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Is the first word a proper noun in this sentence:

Mother, may I go to the store by myself?

Yes, in this sentence Mother is a proper noun because it is used as a name for a particular person.
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Identify the proper noun in this list:

Family

Friend

Aunt Sara

Cousin

Aunt Sara
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List the proper nouns:

Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii, Pacific Ocean
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Which words are common nouns?

Daffodil

Drink

Delaware

Dr. Pepper

daffodil, drink
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How many proper nouns are in this example, and why?

Doctors recommend Robitussin to control coughs.

One proper noun: Robitussin, because it is a brand name
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Why isn't professor capitalized here?

The faculty elected Jasper Salgado, an assistant professor of biology, to serve as chairman of the United Way fundraising committee.

The word professor in this sentence is not used as a title before a person's name, so it is not a proper noun.
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Why is Mayor capitalized in this sentence?

In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family moved into Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence for New York City since 1942.

The word Mayor behaves as a title to begin an individual person's name, so it is a proper noun.
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Explain the proper noun in I live on Sixth Street, compared to the common noun in That is the sixth street you need to cross before you reach the museum.
Sixth Street is the actual name of a street (place), but the sixth street in a counted series is a general description of the street, not its name.
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This is why the word Apple is capitalized when referring to a computer but is not capitalized when used to identify a kind of fruit.
Apple is the name of a company, so it's a proper noun when used to refer to that company or its products; apple is a general word or common noun for a type of fruit.
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The name of a particular person, place or thing
proper noun
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Is there a proper noun in this sentence?

Under the apple tree in my backyard is a bird bath and a folding chair.

No. There is no proper noun in this sentence, only common nouns.
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List the proper nouns in this sentence:

The students from Pentucket Academy went on a field trip to the Museum of Science in Boston.

Pentucket Academy, Museum of Science, Boston
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Flashcard Content Overview

Do you sometimes wonder when a noun should begin with a capital letter? You can clear up this mystery right now by distinguishing proper nouns, which must be capitalized, from common nouns, which are not capitalized. These flashcards cover the rules for identifying proper nouns versus common nouns. Then, use the examples and opportunities for applying what you know in this flashcard set to increase your understanding of proper nouns.

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List the proper nouns in this sentence:

The students from Pentucket Academy went on a field trip to the Museum of Science in Boston.

Pentucket Academy, Museum of Science, Boston

Is there a proper noun in this sentence?

Under the apple tree in my backyard is a bird bath and a folding chair.

No. There is no proper noun in this sentence, only common nouns.
The name of a particular person, place or thing
proper noun
This is why the word Apple is capitalized when referring to a computer but is not capitalized when used to identify a kind of fruit.
Apple is the name of a company, so it's a proper noun when used to refer to that company or its products; apple is a general word or common noun for a type of fruit.
Explain the proper noun in I live on Sixth Street, compared to the common noun in That is the sixth street you need to cross before you reach the museum.
Sixth Street is the actual name of a street (place), but the sixth street in a counted series is a general description of the street, not its name.

Why is Mayor capitalized in this sentence?

In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family moved into Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence for New York City since 1942.

The word Mayor behaves as a title to begin an individual person's name, so it is a proper noun.

Why isn't professor capitalized here?

The faculty elected Jasper Salgado, an assistant professor of biology, to serve as chairman of the United Way fundraising committee.

The word professor in this sentence is not used as a title before a person's name, so it is not a proper noun.

How many proper nouns are in this example, and why?

Doctors recommend Robitussin to control coughs.

One proper noun: Robitussin, because it is a brand name

Which words are common nouns?

Daffodil

Drink

Delaware

Dr. Pepper

daffodil, drink

List the proper nouns:

Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

Identify the proper noun in this list:

Family

Friend

Aunt Sara

Cousin

Aunt Sara

Is the first word a proper noun in this sentence:

Mother, may I go to the store by myself?

Yes, in this sentence Mother is a proper noun because it is used as a name for a particular person.

List the proper nouns:

Henry ate Cheerios for breakfast while he watched Sesame Street on television.

Henry, Cheerios, Sesame Street

Identify the proper noun:

Associate Professor Eleanor Schneider will be teaching the course on organizational behavior.

Associate Professor Eleanor Schneider

List any proper nouns in this sentence:

There are some really great lakes in that part of the country.

None of the nouns are proper nouns.

Can you spot any proper nouns in this example?

My uncle lives in a white house about two blocks from the hospital downtown, on the way to Walgreens.

Walgreens

List the proper nouns:

White House tours are popular with tourists who visit Washington DC, even though they do not include the rooms where the president and his family actually live.

White House, Washington DC

Which one is a proper noun?

Cabbage

Cribbage

Croatia

Cottage

Croatia

List all the proper nouns:

Ensign Brown received a medal for his courage on the battlefield during his deployment in the Balkans.

Ensign Brown, Balkans

Explain why the word bewitched is capitalized:

My favorite TV show was Bewitched.

The name of a specific television program is a proper noun.

Can you find the proper nouns here?

We stopped for fried clams at Woodman's Restaurant during our trip to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

Woodman's Restaurant, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Pick out the common noun in this list:

Spokane

Susanna

Semester

Saskatchewan

semester

Is the first word a proper noun?

Grandmother told my sister, Mary, that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and every student used to memorize at least the preamble.

Grandmother is used as a name for a person, so in this sentence it is a proper noun.

Tell which one is a common noun:

Carnegie Hall

Snickers

Chocolate

Memorial Day

chocolate

Look for the proper noun in this list:

Tarantula

Torpedo

Texas

Trilobyte

Texas

Explain why bearded dragon is not capitalized:

My nephew Roger went to at Zoo Creatures and bought a bearded dragon named Beardie.

The general word for a type of pet is not a proper noun because it is not the name of that pet.

Why is the word Target capitalized?

I went to Target to shop for a new set of dishes.

Target is the name of the store, so it is a proper noun.

List the proper nouns:

Our Sharp solar panels were useless after my sweetheart, Jill, left the Red River Valley, thus removing all the sunshine from this part of North Dakota.

Sharp, Jill, Red River Valley, North Dakota

Which proper nouns can you find in this example?

Mrs. Wilson suggested we go for a run along the Cape Cod Canal and then check out the clam chowder at Seafood Sam's in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Wilson, Cape Cod Canal, Seafood Sam's, Sandwich, Massachusetts

List any proper nouns:

Principal Burns said, 'Teachers must speak clearly and loudly enough for all the students to hear and understand.'''

Principal Burns

Identify the two proper nouns:

John

Jaywalker

Jackhammer

Julia

John, Julia

Which three are common nouns?

Stretch

Stanford

Student

Stellar

stretch, student, stellar

Why is the word pearl capitalized in this example?

My sister, Pearl, had the most beautiful singing voice anyone had ever heard.

Pearl is the name of a person so it is a proper noun.

Which one is not a proper noun?

Hope Diamond

My Parents

Carnegie Hall

Ringling Brothers Circus

my parents

Explain why Great Lakes is capitalized in this example:

The Erie Canal connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes.'

Great Lakes is a proper noun because it is the name of a specific group of lakes.

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