Common noun – nom commun
Let's Define It!
What's a *common noun*?
A nom commun, (common noun) refers to all the beings or objects within a category or species.
It is generally preceded by a determiner (definite or indefinite article) --> un chat (a cat) , une personne (a person).
Common nouns can also be abstract: le courage (courage) , la patience (patience).
Common nouns are common because, well, they can represent many similar items within a category. The term un joueur (a player) can refer to one, two, five, 1 million players.
The first letter of a common noun is usually not capitalized.
By opposition to common nouns, there are proper nouns.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Here are a few common nouns:
le roi / the king
un vendeur / a seller
deux doigts / two fingers
les enfants / the children
le silence / silence
une table / a table