Abstract Nouns


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What Are Abstract Nouns? (with Examples)

An abstract noun is a word that names something that you cannot see, hear, touch, smell, or taste. It is the opposite of a concrete noun. abstract noun example Here are some examples of abstract nouns: It is not always easy to spot an abstract noun, and it is common for grammarians to argue over whether a noun is abstract or concrete. Usually, these arguments are based on whether the thing is perceivable or not. For example, lots of grammar sites claim laughter is an abstract noun, but this is hotly contested by others, who claim that laughter can be heard, making it a concrete noun.

We would agree that laugher is a concrete noun, but what about work and result? It is possible to make cases for these being concrete nouns too, but many would consider them to be abstract.Be aware that the distinction between abstract noun and concrete noun is sometimes blurry.

The following example might only have abstract nouns in it. However, we could not bring ourselves to call result and work abstract nouns.

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What are nouns? What are pronouns? Collective nouns Compound nouns Concrete nouns Non-countable nouns (mass nouns) Gender-specific nouns Verbal nouns Gerunds Noun clauses Noun phrases