Proper noun – nom propre


Let's Define It!

What's a *proper noun*?

nom propre (proper noun in English) is the name of a specific person or place such as Herman or le Canada.

Proper nouns typically take an UPPER CASE (lettre majuscule) in the first letter.

J'ai visité le Louvre. I have visited the Louvre (museum).


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


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Here are a few proper nouns (underlined) used in French sentences .

As-tu vu Béatrice? Have you seen Beatrice?

Elle n'est jamais allée à ParisShe's never been to France.

Les Martin sont revenu de leur voyage. The Martins came back from their trip. (No to Martin in the plural in French even though it represents several people. It is a family name.)


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