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Often, in the English language, knowing when to capitalize the first letter of a word, and when not to capitalize a first letter of a word can be confusing. Hopefully this short lesson will shed some light on this.
First, what is a noun? A noun is a word or word phrase used to identify a person, place, thing, or idea. If something can be named, then it is usually a noun. Such nouns are: girl, home, religion, politics.
What is a proper noun? A proper noun replaces the noun with something specific, and proper nouns are usually capitalized. These include: Sarah, White House, Buddhism, Democratic Party. So, if you are using a specific noun when writing, capitalize it; if you can replace the specific noun with a more general word, then you know the word is being used correctly.
Some examples are: He lives in a large white home. Tom lives in the White House. She always has trouble with math. Jane always has trouble with Algebra. Let's go to the zoo. Let's go to the Atlanta Zoo. I love visiting the mountains. I love visiting the Rocky Mountains. I enjoy learning about planets. I enjoy learning about Mars, Jupiter, and other planets. What he does for our town is a blessing. What John Weaver does for Pocatello is a blessing. The girl and the boy fell in love while visiting the ocean. Jennifer and Benjamin fell in love while visiting the Atlantic Ocean.
Some good resources for learning about nouns can be found at: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/nouns.htm http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/nouns.htm http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/Noun.html