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Lesson 28: Names of persons versus all other nouns


In English we distinguish between proper nouns and common nouns.
In contrast, in Filipino we distinguish between names of persons (group I)
and all other nouns (group II).
Group II contains all nouns (both common and proper)
that are not names of persons.

In Filipino we use one set of case markers for names of persons
and another set for all other nouns,
including proper nouns that are not names of persons.

A proper noun is the name of a specific person, place or thing,
such as Juan, Manila, Coca-Cola and Jupiter.
A proper noun begins with a capital letter.
A common noun does not begin with a capital letter,
and it names an unspecified person, place or thing,
such as person, city, soft drink and planet.

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