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Common and Proper Nouns

     A common noun is a noun that is used as the name of a class of things.

cat, forest, hill, fishhook

     A proper noun is a name that belongs only to some particular person, place, or thing.

Henry, Boston, Monday, April, Christmas

Begin every proper noun with a capital letter. 

     Note that common nouns tend to be abstract. Proper nouns are very concrete because they name one specific person, place, or thing.