Difference between Common Nouns and Proper Nouns

Published on December 31, 2018
Difference between Common Nouns and Proper Nouns
It is very easy to distinguish Common Nouns from Proper Nouns. Look at the following definition.

Common Nouns 

These represent a place, person, thing or idea which is not specific. There is nothing special about common nouns and they don't have a name which makes them "specific" from "general".

Proper Nouns

Proper Nouns, on the other hand, give special names to common nouns. They made common nouns special by assigning a name or identity to them.

Difference Between Common Nouns and Proper Nouns 

Common Nouns Proper Nouns
Boy/Man John, Arthur, Terrance, Drake, Jack, Harry,
Girl/Woman Betty, Veronica, Elizabeth, Diana, Alice
Schools St. Xavier School, New York Public School
College Columbia College, Douglas College
University University of Alberta, University of Toronto
Road Great Ocean Road, Oxford Street
Cities London, New York, Chicago, Vancouver
Countries India, Canada, America, Australia
Trains Orient Express, Indian Pacific, Palace on Wheels
Buses Speed Bus, Red Bus
Days Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Rivers Ganges, Nile, Amazon, Yamuna
Months January, February, March, April, May
Restaurants The Basants, Masala Trail, UpperHouse
Holiday Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Republic Day
Oceans Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean
Books The Secret, 1984. Animal Farm
Planet Earth, Saturn, Jupiter
Cars Lancer, Swift, Audi, Mustang
Mountains Mount Everest, Mount Fuji, Cho Oyu
Writers William Wordsworth, Shakespeare, John Keats
Drama Hamlet, Look Back in Anger
Novels Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Emma
Company Google, Microsoft. Flipkart
Bank State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank

Common Noun and Proper Noun Sentences

Common Noun Sentences Proper Noun Sentences
He is a boy. He is John.
She is my sister. Diana is my sister.
I work in a bank. I work in HDFC Bank
He is an employee. Dilton is a Manager.
She works in a famous company. She works in Microsoft.
They are reading a novel. They are reading Jane Eyre
The students are enacting a drama. The students are enacting Hamlet.
He is my favourite author/writer. Shakespeare is my favourite writer.
He climbed up the highest mountain in the world. He climbed up Mount Everest.
We saw many artificial planets in the museum.  We saw many artificial Earth in the museum.
I like all cars I like Lancer.
This country is surrounded by an ocean. India is surrounded by the Indian Ocean
There are many rivers in this city. Mathura is located on the bank of Ganges.
I love my country. I love India.
I recently got admission in a university. I recently got admission to Toronto University.
We boarded the train. We boarded the Orient Express.
We went to a restaurant. We went to UpperHouse.
Which month is this? It's January.
Which is your favourite book? I love Animal Farm written by George Orwell.

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