Proper nouns

Proper nouns are the particular names of people, places and things. They begin with capital letters.

Examples

People

  • James
  • Mr Jones
  • Doctor Smith
  • Professor Marie Bashir
  • Ms
  • Nguyen
  • Sonia
  • Sir Donald Bradman.

Places

  • Lismore
  • Australia
  • Vietnam
  • University of New England
  • Mount Kosciusko
  • Murray River
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Mitchell Library.

Days

  • Monday
  • Saturday
  • New Year
  • Anzac Day
  • Easter
  • Christmas.

Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • December.


Festivals

  • Hanukkah
  • Ramadan
  • Lent.

Titles of books, films, songs and plays

  • The Rainbow Serpent
  • Shrek
  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Less important words are not usually capitalised unless they are the first word in the title.

For example:

  • 'and'
  • 'the'
  • 'a'
  • 'an'
  • 'with'
  • 'to'
  • 'about'
  • etc...

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Mandarin.
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