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Practice | Common and Proper Nouns

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Practice 1

Instructions

Based on the lesson, complete the blank for each word below with the type of noun it is: common or proper.

When you are finished, click “Answers.”

Note. Your answers will not be submitted. When you leave this page, they will be deleted.

1. Love

Correct!

Great job!

Incorrect!

Commonly, “love” is a common noun. If someone’s last name is Love, it is then a proper noun.

2. Instagram

Incorrect!

Instagram is the name of an application. It is a proper noun.

Correct!

Instagram is the name of an application.

3. Building

Correct!

You're excellent!

Incorrect!

A building is just a type of construction.

4. School

Correct!

You’re right!

Incorrect!

A school is just a type of building.

5. Africa

Incorrect!

Africa is the name of a continent. It is a proper noun.

Correct!

Awesome!

6. Samsung

Incorrect!

Samsung is the name of a company. It is a proper noun.

Correct!

7. English

Incorrect!

English identifies a particular language, so it is considered a proper noun.

Cultural Note: In other languages, language names are considered common nouns. However, in the English-speaking world, you learn that they are proper nouns. That is why all languages are capitalized in English (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Korean, etc.)

Correct!

8. Samsung

Incorrect!

Samsung is the name of a company.

Correct!

You got it!

9. Politics

Correct!

Incorrect!

The word “politics” refers to a common concept. It is a common noun.

10. England

Incorrect!

England is the name of a country. It is a proper noun.

Correct!

Practice 2

Instructions

Based on the lesson, use the correct form of the nouns given in parentheses. Make sure the word is capitalized correctly.

When you are finished, click “Answer.”

For touch screen users. If the blanks do not work on your touch screen device, write the answers down on a piece of paper. Then click “SHOW ALL ANSWERS” at the end of the practice to check each item.

Note. Your answers will not be submitted. When you leave this page, they will be deleted.

1. (doctor) When I was a child, I wanted to be a .

When I was a child, I wanted to be a doctor.

2. (river, river) The Nile is the longest in the world.

The Nile River is the longest river in the world.

3. (doctor) I feel sick. I need to see Alvarez today.

I feel sick. I need to see Doctor Alvarez today.

Note. You usually write “Dr.” with a name as in “Dr. Alvarez”.

4. (prince charles, prince of wales) is also known as the .

Prince Charles is also known as the Prince of Wales.

5. (mom, dad) Hi, . I want you to meet my girlfriend’s

Hi, Mom. I want you to meet my girlfriend’s dad.

6. (dad, president, big boxes) My friend’s is the of a company called .

My friend’s dad is the president of a company called Big Boxes.

7. (bulding, building, city) The Empire State is a tall in New York .

The Empire State Building is a tall building in New York City.

  1. When I was a child, I wanted to be a doctor.
  2. The Nile River is the longest river in the world.
  3. I feel sick. I need to see Doctor Alvarez today.
    (Note. You usually write “Dr.” with a name as in “Dr. Alvarez.”)
  4. Prince Charles is also known as the Prince of Wales.
  5. Hi, Mom. I want you to meet my girlfriend’s dad.
  6. My friend’s dad is the president of a company called Big Boxes.
  7. The Empire State Building is a tall building in New York City.
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