Common Noun- a Common Name

 What is Common Noun? 

Common noun is a name of person, thing or place that is common nouns are common names of  place, thing or person. 

Examples of Common Noun

Common Noun
Chameleon- the name given in common

Read some examples-

By reading these examples you will get better what the common nouns are.

 In the sentences, these words are in bold letters.

  • That school is for girls.
  • Dog is a pet animal.
  • Chameleon is a beautiful animal.
  • Crow is a bird with black colour.
  • Keep the ladle in sink.
  • The pen is on the table.
  • Ask waiter for finger bowl.

In above sentences the words ‘school’, ‘girls’, ‘dog’, ‘animal’, ‘ladle’, ‘sink’, ‘pen’, ‘table’, ‘waiter’, ‘finger bowl’ are in general as any school, any girl, dog or any animal. Such words which refer to any common name are called Common Nouns.

More Examples

Here are some examples. These names are in bold letters.

  • Please call the police.
  • I have an appointment with doctor.
  • Bus driver is standing at the bus stop.
  • The waiter works promptly during his working period.
  • I heard that your cousin is joining the multinational company.
  • The teachers of St Joseph school are very hard working.

Beginning letter of the common nouns are not written in capital but when these are used as starting word of a sentence then the starting letter of the used common noun is written in capital. Sometimes Proper nouns are used as Common Nouns.

These are differentiated into two parts. You will get more information about those in the articles itself.

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  • Proper
  • Abstract – We cannot see or touch the abstract nouns like happiness, sadness.
  • Concrete  – We can see or touch the concrete nouns like table, chair.
  • Collective  – We can use collective nouns to tell about the groups like herd for group of cattle, crowd for group of people.

 So, the common name is a common noun.