Proper Nouns and Proper
Proper Nouns: People and
Proper nouns name specific people,
places, or things.
Capitalize the first word of a proper
noun and each additional important
Names, initials Dinah L. Williams.
Titles, abbreviations Mr. Lodmel
Capitalize titles before names, but not Mayor Lodmel
when they are used alone.
Always capitalize the title President President Lincoln
when referring to the President of the
United States. The President
Terms for relatives Uncle Sonny
Capitalize words showing family Did Mother call?
relationships only when they are used
before a name or when they take the My uncle
place of a name.
Cities, counties, states Los Angeles
Countries, continents, regions of the Costa Rica, South Africa
United States The South, the Midwest
Capitalize regions of the country but not We drove south.
Planets Mercury, Jupiter
Bodies of water Nile River, Pacific Ocean
Geographic features Gobi Desert, Rocky Mountains
Streets, highways Park Avenue
Buildings, bridges, monuments Museum of Modern Art
Proper Nouns name other things
besides people and places.
Days, Months Monday, June
Do not capitalize the names of the spring, winter
Organizations, institutions Peace Corps
Capitalize the word school, college, or Dakota State University
university only if it is part of a proper the college in South Dakota
Languages, people Greek, Asian
Events, Periods French Revolution
Documents Mayflower Compact
Proper Adjectives are adjectives
formed from proper nouns and must
also be capitalized.
Proper Nouns Proper Adjective
Asia Asian countries
France French fries
Olympus Olympic games
Iron Age Iron Age tools
April April showers
1. Uncle Albert; Southwest
3. Tower of London; Thames River
4. Mars; Mount Palomar Observatory
5. Captain Jason Clark; Gulf of Mexico
6. Declaration of Independence; July
7. United Nations; English; French;
Spanish; Russian; Chinese; Arabic
8. Ice Age
9. August; Indian
10. War; British
11. Detroit; General Hull; Detroit River;
12. New Orleans
14. British, French, United States
15. American; Frenchtown; Raisin River