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Abstract Nouns – Definition, Examples, List, Usage

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An abstract noun is a kind of noun which represents ideas, things, and experiences. It is an important part of Nouns. It is an important topic for all students, especially for those who are preparing for competitive examinations. One or more questions from this topic are asked in every competitive examination.

What is Abstract Noun

In general, nouns refer to ideas, places, things, objects and people. Some ideas or things are not touchable. They do not exist physically and you can not sense them with your five senses. This type of Noun is known as Abstract Noun. It is intangible.

Abstract Noun Definition

Nouns that can not be tangible or touchable are called Abstract Nouns. Abstract nouns are kinds of ideas, things, and experiences that are invisible, and untouchables.

Abstract Noun Examples

Love, life, death, pain, trust, honor, pleasure, sadness, madness, fear, happiness, loyalty, stupidity, weakness, maturity, ethics etc.

List of Abstract Nouns

Ideas: Life, death, pleasure, independence, information, trust

Emotion: Love, hatred, happiness, sadness, fear.

Traits: Courage, loyalty, maturity, stupidity, elegance, aggression, patience.

Philosophical Concepts: Relativity, democracy, industrialism, ethics, capitalism.

Uses of Abstract Nouns in a Sentence

Abstract nouns work as subject as well as objects perfectly in a sentence. It follows the same rules as the other nouns. Abstract nouns can also take a possessive nouns form. It can be singular noun or plural noun.

Abstract Nouns vs Concrete Nouns

Both Abstract nouns and concrete nouns are types of Nouns. There are some differences between these two nouns. Here we discussed these differences.

Abstract Nouns Concrete Nouns
It can not taste, see, smell or touch. It can taste, see, smell or touch.
As an example, Love is an abstract noun because it can not be touched or seen. As an example, Boy is a concrete noun because it can be touched or seen.

Verbs and Adjectives Conversion into Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns can be created from verbs and adjectives by taking the root word and adding a suffix or prefix.

Converting Verbs to Abstract Nouns

Move ⇒ movement

Enjoy ⇒ enjoyment

Appoint ⇒ Appointment

Decide ⇒ decision

Assign ⇒ assignment

Describe ⇒ description

Resist ⇒ resistance

Converting Adjectives to Abstract Nouns

Brave ⇒ bravery

Truth ⇒ truthful

Honest ⇒ honesty

Weak ⇒ weakness

Sad ⇒ sadness

Mad ⇒ madness

Possible ⇒ possibility

Silent ⇒ silence

Practice Questions on Abstract Nouns

Read the sentences carefully and identify the abstract nouns given below.

  1. Honesty is the best policy.
  2. Friendship is a valuable thing.
  3. Please keep silence.
  4. You take the right decision.
  5. Madness makes you crazy.
  6. Love makes a man perfect.
  7. Kindness is a great quality of a man.
  8. This is our first victory.
  9. Achievement provides pleasure.
  10. The army showed great courage on the battlefield.

Answer:

  1. Honesty
  2. Friendship
  3. Silence
  4. Decision
  5. Madness
  6. Love
  7. Kindness
  8. Victory
  9. Pleasure
  10. Courage

FAQs on Abstract Nouns

In general, nouns refer to ideas, places, things, objects and people. Some ideas or things are not touchable. It do not exist physically and you can not sense them with your five senses. This type of noun is known as Abstract Noun. It is intangible.

  1. Honesty is the best policy.
  2. Friendship is a valuable thing.
  3. Please keep silence.
  4. You take the right decision.
  5. Madness makes you crazy.
  6. Love makes a man perfect.
  7. Kindness is a great quality of a man.
  8. This is our first victory.
  9. Achievement provides pleasure.
  10. The army showed great courage in the battlefield.
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