Recognizing The Abstract Nouns

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Abstract nouns are nouns that can not be experienced through five senses. Simply putting, they cannot be tasted, heard, smelt, touched, and seen. They can be termed as emotions, characteristics, ideas, and qualities.

Abstract nouns are intangible (not having physical appearance). Which further means that that abstract is something that does not have any concrete or physical existence.

The things included in abstract nouns are an aspect, experience, trait, concept, feeling, entity, and state of being that don’t come in contact with our senses.

Abstract nouns

It cannot be easy at times to explain when a noun is abstract due to the fact that there are so many words that have numerous meanings and can be functioned in various ways. For instance: some abstract nouns also work as verbs in sentences. Let’s have a look at the examples below to have a distinct idea of abstract nouns.

  • He loves his wife.
    In the above sentence, love is a verb because an action is performed.
  • Give my love to him.
    In the above sentence, love is an abstract noun because something is given to somebody but that thing cannot be seen. It can only be felt.
  • Priya can taste salt in the curry.
    In the above sentence, the taste is a verb to show action is performed because Priya can taste (feel) the salt.
  • My sister has great taste in shoes.
    In the above sentence, taste works as an abstract noun because it refers to preferences. Preferences cannot be seen but can be shown.

Some of the common Abstract nouns are:

Abstract nouns can also be countable and uncountable nouns. Along with that, they can also be in singular or possessive form. Let’s explore some of the common examples of abstract nouns in some categories.

Emotions and feelings: love, anger, sympathy, hate, peace, pride, etc.

Feelings and attributes: loyalty, integrity, charity, courage, skill, brilliance, misery, bravery, honesty, compassion, success, deceit, beauty, pain, etc.

Ideals, ideas, and concepts: belief, justice, faith, knowledge, information, trust, dream, truth, liberty, thought, culture, dedication, etc.

Events and relations: progress, hospitality, trouble, relaxation, education, leisure, friendship, etc.

Formation of abstract nouns with suffixes

Abstract nouns are essential for effective communication. At most times, these nouns are obtained with the addition of a suffix or making changes to the ending letters of a word. For instance: the member is a concrete noun and it can be seen but membership cannot be seen as it can only be obtained so, it is an abstract noun.

The other abstract nouns that end with suffixes are written below:

  • -tion (observation)
  • -ity (popularity)
  • -ness (cleanliness)
  • -ance (annoyance)
  • -ship (friendship)
  • -acy (literacy)
  • -ism (optimism)
  • -ment (movement)
  • -age (advantage)
  • -ence (occurrence)

Usage of Abstract noun in the write-up

We use the abstract nouns on a daily basis. If a person feels sadness or happiness, you come to know of its existence and realness by looking at the smiling or crying person. But, you can only see that the emotions are conveyed and you can not touch those emotions because they are abstract nouns.

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