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NOUNS : What is a Noun? : Abstract Nouns : Collective Nouns : Case Nouns : Possessive Nouns : Common Nouns : Gender Nouns : Plural of Compound Nouns : Proper Nouns

What are Abstract Nouns?

Abstract NounsCommon nouns have two kinds of nouns: Abstract and Collective nouns. To avoid confusion, we will consider them distinct, and we will not use the name common in connection with them.

We form an Abstract noun (abstracted) from either an adjective or a verb; it denotes quality or an idea.

EX.— goodness, wisdom (from adjectives good and wise) ; service, occupation (from verbs serve and occupy).

Number of Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns are always singular. When an abstract noun takes a plural form, it is no longer an abstract noun, but becomes a common noun.

NOTE.— When a noun refers to one person or thing, we call it a singular noun; when it refers to more than one person or thing, we call it a plural noun.

Abstract (Singular)

EX.— The present day is an eventful one.
EX.— All this is madness.
EX.— People fight for liberty.
EX.— The thoughts of memory are plentiful.
EX.— Her sorrow is heart-breaking.
EX.— Vice is a horror.
EX.— Pleasure is fleeting.
EX.— Virtue has its own reward.
EX.— They are looking for liberty.
EX.— Truth will prevail.

Common (Plural)

EX.— Man has seven days.
EX.— The madness of war is brutal.
EX.— He took several liberties.
EX.— His mind is filled with happy memories.
EX.— Sorrows and troubles were his downfall.
EX.— The vices and follies of the age are many.
EX.— My pleasures are few.
EX.— He had many virtues.
EX.— He took too many liberties.
EX.— These are truths.

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NOUNS : What is a Noun? : Abstract Nouns : Collective Nouns : Case Nouns : Possessive Nouns : Common Nouns : Gender Nouns : Plural of Compound Nouns : Proper Nouns