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Abstract Noun

Ditulis Oleh Keyoy on 05 Oktober 2011 | 10/05/2011 05:25:00 PM

Did you know:
An abstract noun is a word for a concept. it is an idea that exists in our minds only. We call them abstract nouns because we can't see, touch, and smell them. Those words can't by the senses.

See the examples given in the bold words.
I think i like her beauty.
I think i like his kindness. 
a very complex process.

Check out the following example:

When Joseph dived into the violent waves to rescue a drowning puppy, his bravery amazed the crowd of fishermen standing on the dock.

Bravery, one of the nouns in this sentence, is an example of an abstract noun. You can see Joseph, the water, and the crowd. But you cannot see bravery itself. Bravery has no color, size, shape, sound, odor, flavor, or texture; it has no quality that you can see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. Any noun that escapes your five senses is an abstract noun.

Don't confuse an abstract noun with a concrete noun.

Many nouns are concrete, not abstract. Concrete nouns register on your five senses. Here is an example:

Joseph cuddled the wet puppy under his warm jacket.

Puppy is an example of a concrete noun. You can see a puppy, stroke its fur, smell its breath, and listen to it whine. You can even taste the puppy if you don't mind pulling dog hair off your tongue! Because a puppy will register on all five senses, puppy is a concrete noun.

This is Contrasting abstract and concrete nouns:

Abstract Nouns:
  • deceit
  • dedication
  • curiosity
  • trust
  • relaxation

Concrete Noun:
  • the President
  • teacher
  • cat
  • airplane
  • bubble bath

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