Proper noun – nom propre
Let's Define It!
What's a *proper noun*?
A 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?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
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 Paris. She's never been to France.
Les Martin sont revenu de leur voyage. The Martins came back from their trip. (No [s] to Martin in the plural in French even though it represents several people. It is a family name.)