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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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Is "accomplishment" an abstract noun?

My class has been taught about concrete and abstract noun. This concept already seems self-explanatory (abstract has no physical existence and can't be experienced whereas concrete nouns are the ...
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`the` or no article?

"dialogue" is an abstract thing. So, should we say "End of the dialogue." Or "End of dialogue." ?
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It's more trouble than ... Is it an abbreviation of "of"?

It's more trouble than it's worth. If these sentences have the same structure as "he is a doctor," then "it = trouble" should work. However, in practice, I think it means 'it is ...
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Why are the abstract nouns in the following examples countable or uncountable? There seems to be no applicable rule

I read through this website forum and others regarding abstract nouns and whether they are countable or uncountable. This link Abstract nouns: countable and uncountable provides an answer but it doesn'...
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Is "assumation" a valid abstract noun of 'assume'? [closed]

Is 'assumation' a valid abstract noun of "assume" as: "You have to make an assuming that x is a real number" sounds incorrect? How formal is 'assumation'?
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Most college vs Most colleges

Most college provide services designed to help students. Most colleges provide services designed to help students. I think that 2 is correct. Grammarly also indicates that 2 is correct. However, ...
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Meaning of "prominent voice"

A prominent voice among clean-energy advocates, Mr. Quinn is frequently asked to speak at industry events as well as on college campuses, both domestically and abroad. What does "voice" ...
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Abstract noun classification

Concrete nouns refer to material objects which we can see or touch. Abstract nouns refer to things which are not material objects, such as ideas, feelings and situations. https://dictionary.cambridge....
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Is “characteristic” an abstract noun?

Colour is a characteristic, but it’s concrete. Shape is a characteristic, but it’s abstract. Then, “characteristic” can be both an abstract noun and a concrete noun?
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When do we use the indifinte article "a" with abstract nouns? [closed]

Why we used the indifinte article "a" in this sentence ?? "Fear is a universal weakness"
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can Chemistry/Physics etc be adjective?

I have a chemistry book. I have a physics book. here chemistry/physics tell that what type of book i have hence modifying book (a noun). so is Chemistry/Physics adjectives in above-mentioned sentences....
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Can a specific noun be concrete or abstract?

Fact: something that has actual existence https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fact Can “fact” be a concrete noun or an abstract noun? fact=god (concrete) fact=space exploration (abstract) ...
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If we can see temperature by a thermometer

Temperature is an abstract noun because we cannot sense it per se. If we can see temperature by a thermometer, does temperature become a concrete noun?
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Are “shape” and “size” abstract nouns?

“Shape” in “the ball has a spherical shape” “Size” in “the ball has a big size” Are “shape” and “size” abstract nouns?
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What is ‘redness’ and ‘blueness,’ abstract nouns or concrete nouns? [closed]

What is ‘redness’ and ‘blueness,’ abstract nouns or concrete nouns? I think we can see redness and blueness, but they say words for qualities are abstract nouns.
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Apposition of abstract nouns and concrete nouns [closed]

For example, ‘circle’ is a concrete noun and ‘circularness’ is an abstract noun. Though can a circle be circularness and circularness be a circle? ‘Circularness is a circle.’ https://en.m.wiktionary....
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‘Quality’=‘action’=‘state’

Can ‘quality,’ ‘action’ and ‘state’ have the same sense? It goes in this way: The quality is the action The quality is the state The state is the action For example: Brightness: the quality or ...
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Categories of abstract noun

What are the categories or types of abstract nouns? Or Are there categories or types of abstract nouns? I think some categories are probably action noun or action, emotion, idea, condition, state or ...
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Plural Vs Singular? "different climate(s?) at either side(s?) of the mountain"

Would you please clarify for me what would be the difference in meaning between the following phrases? different climate at either side of the mountain different climate at either sides of the ...
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If love is an adjective than what do you write for an abstract noun

If love is an adjective than what do you write for abstract noun is it also gonna be same love and love because if angry is adjective than anger is abstract right. So what is an abstract noun for love?...
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Why indefinite article is used before adj+"time"

One person is writing a letter to his friend ,who had recommended this trip to him, about trip and following sentence is from that letter. We had a fantastic time in South Africa.
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"The" with abstract nouns

Is there any difference between A and B? A: How the GRH movement led to acceptance of Ivermectin as a COVID-19 therapy in Peru? B: How the GRH movement led to THE acceptance of Ivermectin as a COVID-...
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Concrete Noun or Abstract Noun

I recently had to identify what type of noun "happiness" is in the following sentence: You could feel happiness and joy in the air The listed options were: Possessive Collective Concrete "concrete"...
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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 don't think it's an abstract noun as it does not describe a feeling, 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 say "student life" and not "the student life"?

The Culture subsection of the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary's entry for "campus" begins with The popular image of student life is of young people with few responsibilities enjoying ...
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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 ...
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