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Lesson 4.2

Proper Nouns

Los nombres propios
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Proper nouns or proper names are the words we use for specific people, places, organizations, titles or events. Proper nouns always begin with a capital letter.

1. People’s names

Examples:

 John Smith
 Alex Jones
 Mary Garcia
 Mr. Henry Johnson
 Ms. Nancy Frank

2. Months and days of the week

Examples:

 January
 September
 Monday
 Thursday

3. Holidays

Examples:

 Easter
 Christmas
 Thanksgiving

4. Names of companies or organizations

Examples:

 Starbucks
 Fiat
 United Nations

5. Names of countries, cities, towns, etc.

Examples:

 Argentina
 France
 New York
 Barcelona
 St. Paul
 Brighton

6. Nationalities and languages

Examples:

 English
 Japanese
 French
 Russian

7. Geographical and celestial names

Examples:

 the Pacific Ocean
 the North Pole
 Saturn

8. Monuments and buildings

Examples:

 the Empire State Building
 the Colosseum
 the Louvre
 the White House

9. Historic Events

Examples:

 World War II
 the Industrial Revolution
 Black Friday

10. People’s titles

Examples:

 President Obama
 Doctor Norris

11. Religions, deities and scripture

Examples:

 Catholicism
 Islam
 the Torah
 God

12. Titles of books, films and works of art

Examples:

 To Kill a Mockingbird
 For Whom the Bell Tolls
 The Godfather
 Gone with the Wind
 The Garden of Earthly Delights

Note: In the titles of books, films and works of art, all nouns, adjectives and verbs in the title are in capital letters.

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