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Common Nouns

What is a common noun?
What are common nouns and examples?
What is a proper noun example?
What is the difference between a common noun and a proper noun?
What are the noun words?
What are common nouns list
Why use common nouns
When to capitalize common nouns
How to identify common nouns
How to use common nouns

1) A noun is a word used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things (common noun), or to name a particular one of these (proper noun).

You can buy coffee at Starbucks.
2) A common noun is a noun denoting a class of objects or a concept as opposed to a particular individual.

There was a sofa, two chairs, and a wardrobe in the room.

Note that common nouns are general names. Thus, they are not capitalized unless they begin a sentence or are part of a title.

Capitals of the countries are usually very large cities.
London is the capital of Great Britain.

Most of the time, we add -s to singular nouns to indicate plurality.

flower – flowers, dog – dogs

If the singular noun ends in -s, -ss, -sh, -ch, -x, -z, -o, add -es to make it plural.

bus – buses, watch – watches, box – boxes, potato – potatoes

If the singular noun ends in -y, change -y into -i and add -es to make it plural.

baby – babies

If the singular noun ends in -f or -fe, -f is often changed into -ve before adding -s to make it plural.

life – lives, wolf – wolves (but: belief – beliefs, chef – chefs)

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