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English Basics
Volume 2, Number 2, September 15, 1997

Common and Proper Nouns

Nouns are words that stand for a person, place, thing, or idea. They can be singular (one) or plural (more than one).

Common nouns do not need to begin with a capital letter.

A proper noun is a name given to a specific person, place, or thing. Proper nouns begin with capital letters.

Each sentence below contains two proper nouns. One of the proper nouns begins with a capital letter as it should. The other proper noun is spelled incorrectly, because it does not begin with a capital letter. Correct the proper noun that needs to have its initial letter capitalized by writing it after the sentence. The first three sentences have been done for you.

1. _My car is a chevrolet, not a Ford. Chevrolet
2. _Let Stephen and ashley work together. Ashley
3. _Would you rather travel to france or spain? Spain
4. _Did dell or Micron build that computer?
5. _We have to drive through vermont to get to New York.
6. _Fur flew when Cameron, the small cat, met donald, the smaller dog.
7. _If andrew goes to Memphis, he'll stay in an expensive hotel.
8. _Which magazine do you prefer, Time or newsweek?
9. _How many Americans drive a subaru?
10. I want to work for sony or Zenith.
11. I'll order the program from Ipswitch in lexington.
12. They visited disneyland in Anaheim.
13. Did you send the package by federal express or Airborne?
14. Lions in africa rarely wear Levis.

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