Proper nouns denote a particular person, place or organisation and usually begin with a capital letter. You almost certainly come across many proper nouns every day. Your name, for instance, is a proper noun. The street you live on is a proper noun. The village, town or city where you live is a proper noun. The country you live in is a proper noun. The school you go to is named a proper noun. Your friends' names are proper nouns . . . . . you get the picture, right?
Why does it matter to be able to spot a proper noun? In English, these nouns are always capitalised, whereas other nouns are not (unlike in German, where all nouns are capitalised). Have you ever noticed when scanning a text that your eyes are drawn to the capitalised words? We associate these with important information. If you need to quickly answer who, when, and where, then those answers are likely to be proper nouns: Nasreen, Tuesday, June, Oxford Road, Manchester, for instance, or Jack, Barcelona, August, perhaps! Keep an eye out for those proper nouns!
To practise your knowledge of nouns, there are six other quizzes about nouns to play.