A common noun labels a general person, place or thing.
- I went to the university.
- The head teacher was courteous.
A proper noun labels a specific person, place, or thing. Always capitalise the first letter of a proper noun.
- I went to Morocco.
- Ms Davis was cunning.
Proper Vs Common:
Proper nouns are nouns belonging to the class of words used as names for unique individuals, events, or places. A proper noun or proper name is a noun representing unique entities (such as Earth, India, Jupiter, Harry, or BMW).
- Michael Jackson
- Mr. Hopkins
- United States of America
- Oxford University
Common nouns are which describe a class of entities (such as city, animal, planet, person or car). A common noun is a noun that can be preceded by the definite article and that represents one or all of the members of a class.