Does placing a possesive pronoun in front of a common noun create a proper noun? For instance:

  1. At night, the city's illumination blocks the night-time stars.
  1. At night, our city's illumination blocks the night-time stars.

In example 2, has our created a proper noun?

  • I understand your thinking here. Proper nouns are associated with one-off/individualised referents. And yes, adding 'our' particularises 'city'. But it's not awarded titular status (John / King Edward / Paris and Lyons / the Mediterranean ...). Sep 25, 2020 at 18:58

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Proper nouns are the nouns that are specific to objects. In other words, they are names of things and people.

In your second example, it's still a noun.

Proper noun does not depend on any pronoun.

This is New York
My New York is beautiful.

Whether it's yours or someone else's, NYC remains a proper noun.

BTW, you need an apostrophe - "....our cities' illumination ...."

  • 3
    That should be "Our city's illumination..." Dec 8, 2017 at 7:03

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