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Technical stuff – part 2: abstract nouns

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Nouns are words that name someone or something.

Concrete nouns are words that name something we can touch and see (for example, clock, table, book, computer; the list is endless).

Next up: abstract nouns.

Abstract nouns

Abstract nouns are also words that name something, but in this case they name things that we cannot touch or see, for example, the names given to emotions. The following words which name emotions are all abstract nouns:

  • Love
  • hate
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Tenderness

‘Time’ is another excellent example of an abstract noun. We cannot see or touch time, but we know it’s going by, and we have to put a name to it!

Nouns and concrete nouns

Proper nouns

Parts of speech including nouns, verbs and adjectives


Written by Wordwatch

30/12/2009 at 1:42 pm

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