The Grammatical Term “Abstract Noun”

It’s Meaning and Usage In The Common Tongue Of The English Language


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Read On To Learn How This Is Actually An Example Of An Abstract Noun.


Definition


An Abstract Noun is a Noun which refers to an Abstract Thing”.  This is usually an:  Idea / Thought / Concept / Feeling / State of Being.

Those things which the TermAbstract Noun refers to are things which one can NOT actually hold in one’s hand, or physically touch; something which is not tangible.

Another way to distinguish between an Abstract Noun and a Concrete Noun is…  If a Noun is a:  Person / Place / Event / Idea / Thing – then the Abstract Nouns are the “Ideas” and “Events”.


Some Common Types of Abstract Nouns


(Referring to Ideas, Thoughts or Concepts)


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(Pretty much anything that goes on in your head)


Referring to Subjects of Study

(click the links to see and example)


Referring to Feelings, Emotions or States of Being

(click the links to see and example)


Referring to Events or Times

(click the links to see and example)


Referring to The Subject of an Action (making a verb into a noun)

(click the links to see and example)

*As you can see from the last two examples, a verb phrase (no matter how long it is) can actually act as an Abstract Noun as long as it is in the Gerund or Infinitive form.  In this way, it is acting as the subject of a sentence, rather than the main verb in the sentence


We will get into Noun Phrases in another post, but hopefully this helps to get a better idea of the what an Abstract Noun (or Abstract Noun Phrase) actually is.  Let me know if you have any questions.


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