Distinguishing between common and proper nouns can be confusing at first; therefore, starting off with basic differences between the two parts of speech will be helpful before you progress any further in your study of nouns. Using worksheets will help you understand your preliminary lessons on nouns.
Noun worksheets sometimes focus only on common nouns, with other worksheets focusing only on proper nouns. However, for best study practice, try to find worksheets that combine both parts of the noun family. They each have important differences and working on them together will help you spot the differences.
YourDictionary has created a worksheet that incorporates both types of nouns:
Be patient when you are using common and proper noun worksheets. Learning the difference can take awhile. Although they are different, and people see both types on an almost daily basis, it still can be hard to differentiate because they are both still nouns.
Think about writing a menu. Most people know that the word "food" is a common noun and is not capitalized. However, individuals frequently become confused when they are talking about specific types of food, and determing whether those words are common or proper nouns can be difficult.