is elephant proper noun

'Elephant' is a common noun.

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In sentence 1, is the word the elephant denote a proper noun and in sentence 2, is elephants denoting common noun?
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no elephant is not a proper noun...
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The word elephant is a common noun.

A common noun becomes a proper noun when it is the name of a person, place, thing, or a title; for example: 

 
  • Joseph Merrick called the Elephant Man (also, the play and the movie of the same name)
  • The Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro in Portland, ME
  • The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN
  • Elephant Lane in London, UK
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No,It's a common noun.
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common nouns
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depends on the sentence
elephant is a proper noun as it is a name of an animal
elephant is a common noun also as there is no specific name.
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