Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now

Questions tagged [proper-nouns]

A proper noun or proper name is a noun representing a unique entity as opposed to a common noun, which represents a class of entities or non-unique instances of that class. Proper nouns are usually, but not invariably, capitalized in English.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6
votes
4answers
1k views

'The Kukhtarev's model' or 'Kukhtarev's model' ('John's car' or 'The John's car')?

I think I know the answer to this but I just want to be sure. I have a supervisor who doesn't have a good level of English; sometimes he worries me with his corrections. I was writing: Here, we ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

The grammatical name and its function

Which leaves his entire reported eighty million pounds estate to his fourth wife
0
votes
2answers
126 views

Is the Earth a proper or common noun? [duplicate]

I guess the website got this wrong. It says that the Earth is a common noun. In my view it should be a proper noun. Please see the screenshot. The earth moves round the sun. • Earth is ...
17
votes
5answers
4k views

Does the word “uzi” need to be capitalized?

"Uzi" is not contained in any Scrabble® dictionary that I can find online. I am assuming that the Scrabble® powers that be are treating it as a proper noun. However, after reading the Wikipedia ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

“noun of noun” vs. “noun+noun” using proper noun

I know that this topic was already debated several times. I searched in this site too before but I think this question is different. Can I say, for example of course, " Canada beauty" instead of ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

Are all capitalised words proper nouns? [closed]

When a word is capitalised in the middle of a sentence (not the beginning, not in the title, etc), is it necessarily a proper noun? Do we have grammatical rules for capitalising a word, which is not ...
1
vote
0answers
18 views

When a proper noun is converted into a verb, should it be capitalized? [duplicate]

If a proper noun (e.g. Google) is converted into a verb (e.g. Let me (G/g)oogle that for you), should it still be capitalized when used as a verb? I recognize that English has no such concept as a "...
1
vote
2answers
82 views

Indefinite article - are there any exceptions for proper nouns? “an Aristides” vs “Aristides”

I was going through Leviathan of Hobbes today and I think I spotted an error. "and every Citizen bringing his Oystershell into the market place, written with the name of him he desired should be ...
2
votes
2answers
114 views

Capitalisation in texts where the title is also a concept that is referred to within the text?

I'm going to use Karpman's drama triangle as an example for my question because I can't seem to find any consistency around its capitalisation (although I'll admit I don't own the book). Say you have ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

I am trying to find out if there is a convention of correctness for writing Arabic proper nouns starting with 'Al'

The news channel 'Al Jazeera' writes its name like I have i.e with a space between 'Al' and 'Jazeera', in text but in the logo it is 'ALJAZEERA'. One come across variations like 'Alqaeda', 'Al-Qaeda', ...
-4
votes
2answers
157 views

Type of noun from the sentence [closed]

"Seeing the baby the mother rose in her." Is the word 'mother' in the above sentence a: (a) Common Noun (b) Abstract Noun (c) Proper Noun (d) Collective Noun
7
votes
2answers
185 views

Is there a linguistic term for using a common noun as a proper noun?

In some situations, a common noun in a specific scenario is treated as a proper noun because it refers to a specific entity that satisfies the common noun. Is there a special term for this ...
43
votes
3answers
4k views

Why is quixotic not Quixotic (a proper adjective)?

Adjectives derived from proper nouns are known as proper adjectives, and are capitalized: A piece of writing could be Shakespearean, not shakespearean. A person may be Canadian, not canadian. Even ...
0
votes
1answer
191 views

Do you capitalize yakuza?

When referring to the infamous Japanese criminal organization, which sentence would be correct? The yakuza member picked up his glasses, scooped some of the jewelry and loose change into his ...
1
vote
2answers
144 views

Word order in noun phrases

Which word order should I choose in noun phrases with a proper noun component and a common noun component? the Elvis Presley singer v. the singer Elvis Presley the Star Wars movie v. the movie ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

Why it is “the Grinch” but not just Grinch as it's his personal name

We don't use the definite article with personal names, however here....why is it so? Yeah, I know sometimes we can use "the". When it's a person everybody knows about or smth like that. But why it'...
6
votes
6answers
1k views

Etymology of proper nouns

I had an argument with a friend regarding etymology of the word "Oz" in "The wizard of Oz". I believe that it doesn't have any etymology, and that generally most proper nouns don't have any origin. He ...
2
votes
0answers
63 views

Use of an indefinite article associated with a particular person's name [duplicate]

Indefinite (and definite) articles are sometimes associated with a person's name. This answer by Jon Hanna is the best summary of the uses I have found. Also, another question addresses the issue ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

usage of ‘indefinite article + proper name’?

I’ve just come across this sentence. “Only an Albert Einstein could have the wisdom to reject an offer to become President of Israel because he argued that he did not have enough experience in ...
1
vote
1answer
947 views

“Born in” vs “born at” with proper nouns: is this a definite vs indefinite prepositional object situation?

Please help me explain to my friend why, while there's no doubt that he was born at St James Hospital, it is incorrect for him to say he was born in St James Hospital -- despite the fact that he ...
0
votes
2answers
67 views

Parts of speech in sentence “Amber is a real person” [closed]

Specifically I am wondering about the word "person" in the sentence, because at first thought I believed it was a common noun but it is qualifying a proper noun, so I am confused if it is a noun or a ...
1
vote
1answer
71 views

Proper way to refer to someone that previously held an official title, but is no longer in said title

I’m trying to figure out the best way to refer to someone in a resume. I once received an award from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld when he was still the Secretary of Defense. I use this ...
-1
votes
2answers
56 views

Which of “which Beatles song” or “which The Beatles song”?

While my inclination is to go with: Which The Beatles song did the BBC ban on May 20th, 1967 for its overt references to drug use? it sounds cumbersome compared to: Which Beatles song did ...
2
votes
1answer
318 views

Is “Underground” a proper noun or a common noun?

The definition on the Oxford Dictionary is a little bit confusing for me. The dictionary doesn't call it a proper noun, but the first letter is capitalised in the example. Since I know the ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

Conjugation when not substituting pronouns for proper nouns

Pronouns take the place of proper nouns when context allows. However, it seems proper nouns are only ever conjugated in the third person, singular or plural. Is this a rule? For example, if I'm ...
2
votes
4answers
324 views

eSwatini as the start of a sentence

Swaziland has recently changed its name to eSwatini. The unique capitalization structure, similar to iPhone or eBay, is unique for the name of a country. While brand names have an established set of ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Why do we “drive to the United Nations” but “drive to United Airlines”?

I understand why we "drive to Microsoft" but must "drive to the United Nations". But why do we "drive to United Airlines" rather than "drive to the United Airlines"?
1
vote
3answers
157 views

Is a pluralized proper noun (Russias) the grammatical plural of that proper noun (Russia)?

Is "Russias" the plural of "Russia", in the sense that this is how they relate grammatically? The reason that I suspect that they are not plural-singular is the following example. [1] I see the egg. ...
1
vote
0answers
278 views

Articles with proper names

It's correct to use the definite article before the name of a river, canal, sea and ocean: When my father dies, we will have to wash him, wrap him in rich cloth, cremate him, and then sprinkle ...
1
vote
2answers
155 views

What would you call people who attend conferences? [closed]

What would you call people who attend conferences? Maybe "Attendee"?
3
votes
2answers
392 views

Is “Pre-Raphaelite” capitalized? [closed]

Is the art term "Pre-Raphaelite" capitalized or is it spelled "pre-Raphaelite"? What is the general policy for the orthography of "pre-"? For example, The Pre‑Raphaelites emphasized attention to ...
1
vote
1answer
333 views

“Is” versus “are” in regard to a proper noun that sounds singular but is actually plural (“The Song of Albion Trilogy”)

I am writing a book review. I've encountered a problem with my sentence, "The Song of Albion Trilogy are the best books I’ve ever read". Even though I am talking about a trilogy or series, it is not ...
1
vote
1answer
104 views

Adding the 'the' article for proper noun and abbreviation? [duplicate]

As a part-time English tutorial teacher who isn't specialized in language, I would like to ask about article usage for proper nouns and abbreviations. Do you add 'the' for the following sentences? "I ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Should the 'a' in 'agile/Agile' be capitalized? [closed]

I was discussing this topic in a chat over on PMSE and figured I'd pose it to the experts. Should the 'a' in the word 'agile/Agile' be capitalized? Specifically, when referring to the concept brought ...
0
votes
1answer
132 views

Should I pluralize “University” in the phrase “Yale and Harvard Universities”?

I'm wondering if I need to pluralize "University" in the following sentence: "Our expert panelists, including former admissions officers from Yale and Harvard Universities, will discuss..." Should ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

Is the phrase “[the] South of France” grammatically sound? [closed]

I remember my English teacher telling me that South of India, for example, is the area to the south of India, which would be Sri Lanka. Was she mistaken in her understanding? Or is the south of ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

How should literary/fictional words, derived from the anglicization of other languages, be pronounced? [closed]

We often see peculiar names being given to titles and fictional characters, such as Wolfenstein (which protagonist does also have a weird name: Blazkowicz). I would spend long times trying to figure ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

A strange proper name [closed]

Why the complete name of British philosopher McTaggart, i.e. John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart, has such an strange form? Edit: Considering @Lawrence concerns, I should note that, although strangeness ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

Should “people of color” be capitalized? [closed]

In Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation, the term "people of color" is repeatedly capitalized, though the names of other protected classes are not: Meanwhile, in order to uphold the ...
1
vote
2answers
141 views

What does the noun “Hawaiian” really mean in English? [closed]

Headlines this morning (Saturday 1/13/2018) proclaimed that "Hawaiians woke up to emergency alerts" on mobile phones that a missile strike might be incoming. But no local news source here in Hawaii ...
1
vote
1answer
492 views

Can 'pronouns' be considered ad hoc proper nouns?

The term 'pronoun' itself causes plenty of confusion. Its etymology suggests that a pronoun somehow stands for a noun: mid-15c., from pro- and noun; modeled on Middle French pronom, from Latin ...
-1
votes
1answer
446 views

When a word is both a common and proper noun, how do you use it as a cultural modifier?

I am writing a piece on Kandi Kids, the name for a specific rave culture. "The Kandi Kid community..." (Proper noun.) "She gave him a piece of kandi." (Common noun.) "They saw two young ...
23
votes
5answers
6k views

Should apartheid be capitalised?

In an attempt to prevent an edit war over on Skeptics.SE, I'll defer to here. Which is preferred - or are both correct?: Was South Africa better run during apartheid? or Was South Africa ...
0
votes
1answer
471 views

“The” before proper nouns in technical writing

Should I use "the" before proper nouns? I would like to skip it, will it be grammatically correct? Example: MicroApp receives the SL Recovery Key, the LF Service Key, and the Auth Key to control ...
1
vote
1answer
947 views

Is the verb “to rob” somehow related to Robin Hood? [closed]

Does the verb "to rob" come from the famous robber "Robin Hood", was that name created after the verb, or is it simply a fun coincidence?
2
votes
0answers
685 views

Omission of definite article before common nouns in pairs

I am well aware that the usage of, or the omission of, the definite article "the" has been a frequently asked question, here and elsewhere. I have read up on existing questions on this matter. (But I ...
1
vote
1answer
269 views

Can we use There is + proper noun?

We know that we can say: There is a play at the theater tonight. But can we say: There is Hamlet at the theater tonight. The last sentence sounds a bit odd, but it's not clear why. Is this ...
1
vote
1answer
158 views

On the idiomaticity of attributive proper nouns, proper adjectives, and either singular or plural possessives when describing Imperial Possessions [closed]

When talking about something which is owed by an empire or is considered to be a part of that empire, which of the many ways to express this relationship are most commonly used and generally accepted ...
0
votes
1answer
314 views

What is it called when you refer to someone by using an adjective rather than their name? [duplicate]

For example; the "the brunette said" instead of "Susan said" or "The young man asked" rather than "Jason asked".
0
votes
0answers
687 views

Should proper nouns be hyphenated if used as compound adjectives?

Which of the following two is correct, if any? I watched a Six Nations rugby match. I watched a Six-Nations rugby match. Is there a general rule for the use of hyphens in compound adjectives when ...