What is an Abstract Noun?
Abstract nouns are the opposite of concrete nouns –
nouns that refer to objects you can experience with
your five senses. Abstract nouns are intangible. They
concepts, experiences, ideas, qualities, and feeling.
List of Abstract Nouns
The Nature of Abstract Nouns
"Abstract and concrete are usually defined together or
in terms of each other. The abstract is that which exists
only in our minds, that which we cannot know
through our senses. It includes
qualities, relationships, conditions, ideas, theories, sta
tes of being, fields of inquiry and the like. We cannot
know a quality such as consistency directly through
our senses; we can only see or hear about people acting
in ways that we come to label consistent."
(William Vande Kopple, Clear and Coherent Prose.
Scott, Foresman, 1989)
Countable and Uncountable Abstract
"Although abstract nouns tend to
be uncountable (courage, happiness, news, tennis, trai
ning), many are countable (an hour, a joke, a quantity).
Others can be both, often with shifts of meaning from
general to particular (great kindness/many
(Tom McArthur, "Abstract and Concrete." The Oxford
Companion to the English Language, 1992).
EXAMPLES OF ABSTRACT
NOUN IN A SENTENCE
" The force needed to open the jar was beyond my capacity.
My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.
The chill in the air caused some discomfort.
The fear and the thrill of the ride are in equal proportions.
I haven't given up hope.
Love is joy for some and pain for others.
Some fun was our goal, a mess was the result.
You have lost my trust.
Our friendship goes back many years.
You need a sense of humor to work here.
It was a pleasure to meet your family.
With a little effort, kindness can become a habit.
You have the ability to do well in school.
Her courage was admirable for such a young person.
Far too often we let desire cloud our reason.
Modern technology is a result of centuries of technical evolution.
Education is a great good.
Abstract noun for partner
The noun 'partner' is an abstract noun, a word for one
person or thing associated in some way with another
person or thing. A person and a thing are physical but
ABSTRACT NOUN FOR
on high horse, haughty, uppity, conceited,full of
it, know it all