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Proper nouns

Proper nouns

Level: beginner

Names of people, places and organisations are called proper nouns. We spell proper nouns with a capital letter:

Muhammad Ali Birmingham China Oxford University the United Nations

We use capital letters for festivals:

Christmas Deepavali Easter Ramadan Thanksgiving

We use capital letters for people's titles:

I was talking to Doctor Wilson recently.
Everything depends on President Obama.

When we give the names of books, films, plays and paintings, we use capital letters for the nouns, adjectives and verbs in the name:

I have been reading The Old Man and the Sea.
Beatrix Potter wrote
The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
You can see the
Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

Level: intermediate

Sometimes we use a person's name to refer to something they have created:

Recently a Van Gogh was sold for 15 million dollars.
We were listening to Mozart.
I'm reading an Agatha Christie.

Proper nouns

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Hello I want to know this
What type of noun is this...a box of chocolates- collective or compound- common noun
Separately box is common noun/ collective?

Hi Samin,

It's a collective noun! And box by itself is a common noun.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

I also want to know library is it collective noun by itself or a common noun?

Hi Samin,

It's a common noun too. :)

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks it's helpful

Hi, Learn English Team,
I wonder why there is no comment section under the Noun Phrases page. I believe there are lots of English learner who have questions on that subject. I wanted to ask a question about a sentence on your page but I haven't done it.

Best wishes,

Hi knowman,

I'm not sure why the page didn't have a comments section. I've added one now so you can post your question.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

This is helpful. Thanks.

Hello sir,
Sir I want some help to solve that confusions
We know that
If we start a sentence with beginning of Here & There we use inversion when Here/There follow a Noun/Noun Phrase but when they follow a pronoun we can't do that.
Why
Here we go.(No inversion)
Here comes the bus.(Inversion)
There she goes.(No Inversion)
There was a king.(Inversion)
Sir, I want to know the difference of using them.

Hello Kapil Kabir,

I'm afraid I don't quite understand your question. We use pronouns to avoid having to repeat a noun or noun phrase multiple times, but it must refer to something which is already known and identified. Beyond that, I'm not sure what you mean by differences in use.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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