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Questions tagged [abstract-nouns]

For questions about nouns that refer to something abstract, general, conceptual or otherwise intangible. For example, "kindness". The opposite of an abstract noun is a concrete noun.

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Type of noun- If it is not a feeling/state/ action

i have word situation Is this an abstract noun? I dont think its an abstract noun as it does not describe a felling,state or action
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Using 'shame', 'pity', and 'honor' as countable and uncountable nouns

Sometimes "a" is used with shame/pity/honor, sometimes it's not. What's the difference? How to understand when it should be used. Have pity! Please have a pity on the helpless. Shame on you! ...
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Is “animation” an abstract noun?

There are some web page elements. Let's call them "sprites". There are also two kinds of animations (two pieces of code). For each mentioned above web page element, I use one kind of animations. Can I ...
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What is the difference between abstract noun and stative verb?

A noun has several types, like proper, common, collective, etc.; while verbs can be classified as transitive and intransitive. what is the difference between noun and verb? what is the difference ...
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Using the definite article with abstract nouns and some geographical names

Thousands of people watched the tidal bore of Qiantang River in China. phenomenon (something which happens in the nature) Source I have noticed two mistakes in using the article (the name of ...
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If the word “method” is abstract noun then why do people say “a method” with article? [duplicate]

I learnt that "abstract nouns don't get articles". Now my question is if the word "method" is an abstract noun then why do people say "a method" with an article? The same question for the noun "wish", ...
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Is “mystery” an abstract noun? [closed]

I think "mystery" is an abstract noun but I want to see your explanations.
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Is there a dictionary which denotes if its words are concrete or abstract nouns?

Is there a dictionary which denotes if its words are concrete or abstract nouns? I found already a dictionary which denotes if the words are countable or uncountable (Merriam Webster learner's) but I ...
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Is the word “bill” considered an abstract noun or a concrete noun?

Is the word "bill" considered to be an abstract noun or a concrete noun? It is not clear to me whether it is an abstract noun because it talks about something that we cannot feel with our senses, or ...
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Why many abstract nouns get an indefinite article while it's taught that abstract nouns shouldn't get it?

I was told that abstract nouns don't get articles. (You can see here for example). But I found many abstract nouns that get indefinite articles, such as: "of a truth", "of a size", "of a lifetime", "...
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When to use the verb “discuss” vs when to use the abstract noun “discussion”?

When to use the verb "discuss" vs when to use the abstract noun "discussion"? Our discussion last night was positive. What we discussed last night was positive. I'm more interested when to use ...
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Concrete vs Abstract nouns

What is the difference between a material and a concrete noun?? Are 'Promise, truth, lie and comment' countable Abstract nouns?? What others examples can be given for the same.
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why are “feet” common and “chemistry” abstract nouns?

why are feet common and chemistry abstract nouns? Why feet is considered as common noun? why chemistry is considered as abstract noun?
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Are abstract nouns also considered as adjectives? (parts of speech)

Courage (abstract noun) is a great virtue. Though I am quite sure it cannot be considered as an adjective also, but just want to clear the doubt once and for all.Can a part of sentence be labelled ...
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Demonstratives and abstract nouns

When referring to abstract noun how should I use demonstratives? Abstract nouns do not have a distance from the speaker. For example when should I say "this story/concept/word/name" and when I should ...