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Title: Proper and Collective Nouns

Proper and Collective Nouns
  • Christen Adams

Proper Nouns? Common Nouns? Whats the difference?
  • Proper nouns and common nouns can be confused
    with each other for a couple of reasons. A common
    noun is defined as a person, place, idea or thing
    whereas a proper noun is a name given to a
    specific person, place, or thing. A proper noun
    always begins with a capital letter.

Examples of Proper Nouns
  • I saw Jenny at Old Orchard Mall.
  • George W. Bush is the current president of the
    United States of America.
  • I live in Skokie, Illinois which is a Northwest
    suburb of Chicago.
  • I want to visit Europe.
  • I was born in the month of February.
  • Saturdays and Sundays are my favorite days of the
    week because we have no school.
  • I want to go to the DePaul University when I
    graduate high school.
  • My favorite actress is Julia Roberts.

Title Case
  • When names contain words such as of or the
    they are usually not capitalized.
  • For example
  • I want to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • or
  • My favorite foreign holiday is the Day of the
    Dead which originated in Mexico.

Names and Titles
  • You also use Proper Nouns to address somebody by
    name or their title such as
  • Mr. Africa
  • Mrs. Michael
  • Ms. Godzilla

Other ways to use Proper Nouns
  • given and family names
  • terms of address
  • towns, cities, villages, roads
  • continents, countries, counties, states
  • institutions, teams, clubs
  • days of the week months
  • ships, boats
  • religions, events, festivals

Collective nouns
  • A collective noun is a subject-specific word
    used to define a grouping of people, animals,
    objects or concepts.

More info on Collective Nouns
  • In collective nouns you could count the
    individual members of the group, but you usually
    think of the group as a whole or generally as one
  • You need to be able to recognize collective nouns
    in order to maintain subject-verb agreement.
  • Every afternoon the baseball team follows its
    coach out to the field to practice.
  • Today, his class takes its first 100 question
  • The jury agrees that the prosecutor didnt have
    enough evidence, so its verdict was not guilty.
  • The choir rehearsed its songs over and over for
    the recital.
  • The team runs along the track during their

Info continued
  • A collective noun implies the described object
    ("He's on the jury of jurors."
  • A collective noun is not used as a synonym for or
    type of collection ("set", "list", "group etc.).
  • A collective noun is similar to a non-countable
    noun, which is not in a plural form and doesnt
    usually relate to anything you would expect to
    count, and is roughly the opposite of a countable
    noun, which is a noun with both a singular and a
    plural form, and names anything (or anyone) that
    you can count .
  • It is usually only one word

  • Some examples of collective nouns are
  • Jury
  • Team
  • Choir
  • Regiment
  • Genus

Singular or Plural?
  • Collective nouns can be used in an either
    singular use or a plural use depending on the
    sense of the sentence.
  • Example
  • Singular The electorate agrees on a certain
  • Plural The electorate agree on a certain