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Technical stuff – part 3: proper nouns

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Not sure what a noun is? Go here first.

A proper noun is the name of a particular person, thing, organisation or place. Proper nouns are always written with an initial capital letter or letters. For example:

Niagara Falls

Bobby Leach

Winston Churchill



Latimer Road

Cambridge University

World Trade Organisation

Proper nouns can be concrete (for example, ‘Niagara Falls’) or abstract (for example, ‘Christianity’).

Nouns and concrete nouns

Abstract nouns

Parts of speech including nouns, verbs and adjectives


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01/01/2010 at 6:22 pm

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