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    Default nouns used before specific names

    Hi,

    There are some nouns which are used before specific names. For example:

    Mount Everest (We don't say Everest mount)
    Lake Michigan (We don't say Michigan lake)
    Planet earth (We don't say earth planet)

    I want to know what are these nouns called in English. are they called proper nouns? I don't think so.
    Once my student asked me this question and he asked me what these kinds of nouns are called in English but I couldn't answer him.

    What are they called?

    No source/Self made general question
    Thank you

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    Default Re: nouns used before specific names

    Mount Everest and Lake Michigan are proper nouns/proper names. "Earth" is the proper noun for the planet we live on.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: nouns used before specific names

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Mount Everest and Lake Michigan are proper nouns/proper names. "Earth" is the proper noun for the planet we live on.
    Why we can say "lake Michigan" but can't say "street Harper" but "Harper street"
    Isn't "Harper" a proper noun too?

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    Default Re: nouns used before specific names

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Why we can say "lake Michigan" but can't say "street Harper" but "Harper street"
    Isn't "Harper" a proper noun too?
    It is just the way we do it.

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