What is a common noun? Definitions and examples would be helpful!

A common noun is a non-specific name for people, places. things, events.

Non-specific means it does not refer to a particular person, place, thing, or event. It can refer to anyone/anything within a class or group. A common noun starts with a lower case letter.


  1. boy — can be any boy A proper noun could be “Samuel”.
  2. city — can be any city A proper noun could be “New York City”.
  3. teacher — can be any teacher A proper noun could be “Miss Sandoval”.
  4. cat — can be any cat A proper noun could be “Garfield”.

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