Rule 7.1: Do not use the indefinite article or the definite article with proper nouns
Correct: Maggie visited France last year.
Incorrect: Maggie visited a France last year.
Correct: Spider-Man has enviable superpowers.
Incorrect: The Spider-Man has enviable superpowers.
Proper Nouns vs. Common Nouns
A proper noun is the name of a person, place, or thing. Proper nouns always begin with a capital letter. The name of the person who made this website; Marcus, can serve as an example of a proper noun.
A common noun refers to a person, place, or thing. The man who made this website can serve as an example of a common noun. Common nouns can take either the indefinite article, the definite article and/or be pluralized.
Below are more examples of proper nouns and the common nouns that are associated with them.