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concrete nouns vs. abstract nouns

All nouns serve to name a person, place, or thing. Depending on whether they name a tangible or an intangible thing, nouns are classed as being either concrete or abstract.
Concrete nouns name people, places, animals, or things that are or were physically tangible—that is, they can or could be seen or touched, or have some physical properties.
Abstract nouns, as their name implies, name intangible things, such as concepts, ideas, feelings, characteristics, attributes, etc.—you cannot see or touch these kinds of things.
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abstract noun

n
(Linguistics) a noun that refers to an abstract concept, as for example kindness. Compare concrete noun

ab′stract noun′


n.
a noun denoting something abstract, conceptual, or general, as kindness, dread, or transportation.
Translations
抽象名詞
abstrakt substantiv
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Jastrow (1231) proposed that [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in this verse is a feminine abstract noun meaning 'management, administration'.
One particular feature of German that Goethe exploits is its ability to make an adjective into an abstract noun by just inflecting it as a noun: English needs a suffix to make "bright" into "brightness" but German doesn't (hell becomes die Helle).
Teaching Shakespeare and Marlowe reflects 'systemness', and provides ways of seeing 'system'--an abstract noun capturing the oppressive features of particular educational institution systems--and of finding productive, if temporary, 'exile' from it.
I could never decipher why `jealous' was not an abstract noun, but `jealousy' was, if abstract nouns, as per the teacher were `things' that one could only `feel in the heart' and not by touch.
Abstract noun stacks, as in the subtitle "The Performativity of Visuality" tend to deaden her writing in places, although as the book goes on, she finds her own clear voice.
This is a chance for them to practically show that the democracy in Macedonia is not an abstract noun but the real situation that functions regardless of all disagreements and criticisms, Popovska comments.
The border between English and Spanish becomes blurred, and so we find phrases like "guapisima as Hell" and words like the hispanicized abstract noun "beserkeria.
Abstract noun referents are difficult to classify on Hernandez' animacy hierarchy, because as Wagner (2005: 348) notes, count nouns can be both concrete and abstract so that the two continua count-mass and concrete-abstract interact, resulting in a three-dimensional model.
The use of an abstract noun in the plural is noticeable, and in this context there are two modes of plurality.
Although, as critics have pointed out, Homer has no word equivalent to the abstract noun "intention," there is implicit in this description [of Telemachus taking the blame for leaving open the door to the storeroom where the armor is kept] a notion that we can identify as that of an intention: Telemachus left the door open-- that was indeed something he did--but he did not mean to.