Abstract Nouns

Abstract Nouns :

This type of noun speaks of the condition of quality, state or action, apart from anything possessing the quality, etc. These nouns speak about ideas or concepts or qualities or state or condition which could not be seen or experienced. We could not see, hear, touch, taste or smell these concepts. We could only feel them or conceptualize them.

She has beauty. Here the word SHE is a noun where as BEAUTY is this type of noun.

Quality — Cleverness, height, humility, roguery, colour….

State — Poverty, manhood, bondage, pleasure, youth….

Action — Laughter, movement, flight, choice, revenge…..

The kinds of nouns (four types) described above all speak about the objects of sense, that is, to things which can be seen, touched, heard, smelt or tasted in a word perceived by the senses.

But this type of noun speaks about the qualities and states which cannot be seen or touched and which are thought of apart from any object of sense.

We know that a stone is hard. We also know that iron is hard. We also know that a hammer is hard. We can therefore speak of hardness apart from stone or iron or hammer or any other object having the same quality.

Abstract means drawn off (abstracted in thought) from the object.

Hence hardness is an Abstract Noun while stone or brick or iron is a Material Noun.

The names of Arts and Sciences (e.g., philosophy, music, chemistry, etc.) are also this type of Nouns.

Like other nouns, these nouns also can be used as the subject in a sentence or object in a sentence.

CAITALISM is what rules this world today.

In the first sentence above, the noun CAITALISM is the subject of the sentence whereas in the second sentence the same noun CAITALISM is the object of the sentence. The object of the verb receives the action of the verb.

He had a dream that one day this nation would rise up and would come out of the foreign rule.

Love is patient. Love is kind.

There is a high level of enthusiasm in freedom that makes human nature go above itself.

These types of nouns are usually not capitalized. Note these nouns in the following sentence.

China follows Communism.

We have to develop love towards each other.

He is respected for his achievements in the field of sports.

Their dream of freeing their country from the shackles of foreign rule is welcome.

1. Abstract Nouns formed from Adjectives
2. Abstract Nouns formed from Common Nouns
3. Abstract Nouns formed from Verbs
4. Abstract Nouns of the same form as Verbs

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  1. The Noun
  2. Kinds of Nouns
  3. Kinds of Nouns in English
  4. Types of Nouns in English
  5. Correct Usage of Nouns
  6. Classification of Nouns
  7. Proper Nouns
  8. Common Nouns
  9. Abstract Nouns
  10. Collective Nouns
  11. Nouns of Multitude
  12. Material Nouns
  13. Compound Nouns
  14. Concrete Nouns
  15. Countable Nouns
  16. Uncountable Nouns
  17. Count Nouns
  18. Mass Nouns
  19. Pronouns
  20. Abstract Nouns formed from Adjectives
  21. Abstract Nouns formed from Common Nouns
  22. Abstract Nouns formed from Verbs
  23. Abstract Nouns of the same form as Verbs
  24. Absolute Phrases
  25. Noun and Gender
  26. Nouns and Gender
  27. Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns
  28. Masculine Nouns
  29. Feminine Nouns
  30. Ways of forming the feminine of nouns
  31. Exceptional Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns
  32. Exceptional Feminine Nouns
  33. Foreign Feminine Nouns
  34. Nouns in Common Gender
  35. Common Gender Nouns
  36. Neuter Pronouns
  37. Neuter Gender Nouns
  38. Gender of Personified Things
  39. Noun and Case
  40. Kinds of Cases in English
  41. Noun and Number
  42. Singular and Plural
  43. Singular Nouns and Plural Nouns
  44. Ways of forming plurals
  45. Formation of Plurals
  46. Compound Nouns and Plurals
  47. Noun Infinitive
  48. Noun to Verb
  49. The Noun

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