Understanding Proper Nouns at Acadmicx by Professional Writer.
You have learned that a basic noun can be a person, place, or thing. You have also learned that concrete nouns are nouns you can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste, but maybe not all at once.
So what are proper nouns?
More importantly, how can using proper nouns help me become a better writer. Let’s get started! Basically, proper nouns are also people, places, and things, but they are more specific. Proper nouns are always capitalized because they are the names of people, places, and things. For example, using basic common nouns, this person is a girl, this place is a fair, and this thing is a roller coaster. If I were using basic common nouns, my sentence would read, “The girl went to the fair and rode the roller coaster. Of course, my basic common nouns are girl, fair, and roller coaster. Let me show you how proper nouns can make my writing more specific. I want to rewrite the sentence replacing all of my nouns with proper nouns. Instead of “girl,” I will put “Tiffany.” Instead of “fair,” I’ll put the name of the fair, ” Florida Fair.” And instead of “roller coaster,” I’ll put the name of the roller coaster, “Mighty Mountain” My sentence now reads, “Tiffany went to Florida Fair and rode Mighty Mountain. I get a specific picture in my head of Tiffany going to Florida Fair and riding Mighty Mountain. Whoo-hoo! The picture in my head is much more vivid than “The girl went to the fair and rode the roller coaster.Llet’s look at another example of how using proper nouns when you write clarifies the picture in your reader’s head.
The kids went to a restaurant before seeing a movie .
My basic, common nouns are kids, restaurant, and movie, so how can I use proper nouns to make the sentence more specific. Well, instead of kids, I want to know which kids…. Ed and Ty. Instead of restaurant, I want to specifically name my restaurant, Taco Heaven. And instead of movie, they specifically saw Star Wars. So my new sentence reads, “Ed and Ty went to Taco Heaven before seeing Star Wars. I get a specific picture in my head of Ed and Ty going to Taco Heaven and then going to see Star Wars. Creating a more vivid picture for my reader makes me a better writer. So now that you know how proper nouns affect your writing, you’ll need to become familiar with all the different types of proper nouns you can use, and be sure to begin each of them with a capital letter. You’ll want to capitalize the names of cities, states, countries, months, people, stores restaurants schools books movies holidays, brands, places, and many, many more! Remember, proper nouns are more specific. They plant a more vivid picture in your reader’s head by giving specific names and titles for people, places, and things. Hooray! You’ve earned an A+ on proper nouns! Thank you for joining me at Acadmicx by Professional Writer.