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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

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

ab′stract noun′

a noun denoting something abstract, conceptual, or general, as kindness, dread, or transportation.
abstrakt substantiv
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of an abstract noun 'possession' governing an objective genitive; H91 also consider this possible but prefer to take it as a nominative agent noun 'knowing, knower' governing an accusative.
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.
Earlier ships were named for the attribute or abstract noun "independence.
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.
In order to fit with the different kinds of nouns in the other three headings, the last one seems to me to need an abstract noun that 'New Zealand' could qualify as an adjective.
For instance, Steinmayer describes the prefix peN-as a formant for (1) an agent, (2) the name of a thing that does something, and (3) an abstract noun.
Success is an abstract noun, but it's measured by each learner.
The students connected an abstract noun with a concrete noun and developed an extended metaphor.