The abstract noun: A few examples for the English learner

First, what is an abstract noun? We all know that a noun is a person, place or thing. But what about an “abstract noun”? Is it an “abstract” person, place or thing? Well, sort of. An abstract noun is a word that is “abstract” in the sense you cannot see it or feel it or touch it but it is a “thing” nevertheless. For example, “bravery” is an abstract noun. So is “deceit” “deception” and “administration.” These words are basically intangible. They convey concepts, ideas, feelings perceptions. These are “things” even though they are intangible and lack a concrete form.

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