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A '''noun''' is a [[word]] used to name a [[person]], [[animal]], [[place]], [[thing]], or an abstract [[idea]]. Nouns are usually the first words which small children learn.<ref> [http://www.arts.uottawa.ca/writcent/hypergrammar/nouns.html The Writing Centre], University of Ottawa </ref> The bold words in the following [[sentence]] are all nouns:
"'''Jesus''' will return to set up His '''kingdom''' on '''Earth'''."
A [[proper noun]] is a name given to a person, place or company or title.  "Jesus" is a proper noun, as is the Book of Genesis.  Abraham is a proper noun as is the First United Methodist Church. In English, proper nouns are capitalized.  A very clear example of proper nouns vs., common nouns is the word "god".  God, the Christian Deity by name is a proper noun and is capped.  "god" the concept of deity is not a proper noun.  Consider this sentence: "The only true god is God".
{| class="wikitable"
! Type of Noun
! Common (concrete)
! Common (abstract)
! Proper
! Examples
| kingdom<br>friend<br>church
| dominion<br>fellowship<br>grace
| Earth<br>Jesus<br>Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew
In English, most capitalized words are also proper nouns or words derived from proper nouns (e.g., the proper noun "America," the [[adjective]] "American," and the [[verb]] "Americanize"). The most common exception is the word "I" which is a [[pronoun]].  That rule varies from language to language; for example, [[German language|German]] capitalizes all nouns, while many [[writing]] systems have no concept of capitalization.
In many languages like Russian, Hebrew, Greek and Latin nouns have different forms in different [[grammatical case|cases]] to show their relationships to other words in the sentence.
[[Category:Parts of Speech]]

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