Common Noun, Proper Noun and Abstract Noun
Common Noun – Words common for people, places, animals or things are called common nouns. E.g. father, horse, city, town, shirt are common nouns.
Proper Noun – Names of particular person, place, animal or thing are called proper nouns.
e.g. Person – Mahatma Gandhi
Place – New Delhi
Animal – Pluto, the dog
Thing – Hyundai (car)
The following are also proper nouns:
Days of the week – Monday, Tuesday
Months of the year – January, February
Names of Festivals – Diwali, Christmas
Holidays and special events – Independence Day, Mother’s Day
Proper nouns always begin with a capital letter. If a proper noun has more than one word then the beginning letter of each word is written in capital letters. E.g Independence Day, New Year’s Eve
Abstract Noun – Words that are used as nouns but cannot be seen or touched are called abstract nouns. E.g. beauty, happiness, courage, childhood are abstract nouns.
Read the following sentence:
The soldiers fought with courage.
Here we cannot see or touch courage, but it has been used as noun.