Proper nouns and common nouns
Nouns can be further classified as common or proper.
Proper nouns name specific things like people, countries, cities and streets. They always start with a capital letter.
Common nouns name general items, not specific ones. They do not start with a capital letter (unless they’re at the start of a sentence).
We know that a noun is:
To remember proper nouns see below:
Tarzan and Jane are proper nouns, but the T and the J have to be propped (proper noun), otherwise they fall over (look at the people propping them up).
Shakespeare is a proper noun, but the S has to be propped up (proper noun), otherwise it falls over (look at the people propping it up).
To remember common nouns, see below:
Look, no props to the word baseball, because the b is lower case (uncapitalised). It does not need propping up. It’s just an ordinary, common word.
Look, no props to the word car, because the c is lower case (uncapitalised). It does not need propping up. It’s just an ordinary, common word.