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


The Term,Abstract Noun is a Grammatical Unit.  It is a specific type of Noun which refers to an Abstract Thing”.  In-other-words…  something which can only be “thought-of”, and may not be “held in one’s hand”.

This is just a general way of thinking of it.  Basically they are things which aren’t “Physically Real”.  But may only exist in the mind.  These are usually things like:  Ideas / Thoughts / Concepts / Feelings / “States Of Being”.

These are things which we refer to as being “Non-Tangible”.  This phrase comes from Latin — meaning:  “To Touch”.  Conversely — those things which we CAN touch;  which we can “hold in our hand”;  that which is “Tangible” are referred to as Concrete Nouns.  (More on that in another post) 😎

Another way to distinguish between an Abstract Noun, and a Concrete Noun is…  If all Nouns are:  Persons / Places / Events / Ideas / Things — then the Nouns which are Abstract Nouns are those that are “Ideas” and “Events”, and (some of ) the “Things” — and the Concrete Nouns refer to the “Persons”, “Places”, and (most of ) the “Things”.

Some Common Types Of Abstract Nouns

(Referring To Ideas, Thoughts Or Concepts)

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(Pretty much anything that goes-on in One’s head)

Referring To Subjects Of Study

(click the links to see an example)

Referring To Feelings, Emotions Or “States Of Being”

(click the links to see an example)

Referring To Events Or Times

(click the links to see an example)

Referring To The Subject Of An Action (making a verb into a noun

(click the links to see an 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.

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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