Proper noun – nom propre

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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).

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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 [s] to Martin in the plural in French even though it represents several people. It is a family name.)

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