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Can you tell me what a noun is? A noun is “People, place, thing, idea!”

What is an abstract noun?

An abstract noun is intangible! In other words, “We cannot” “see, smell, taste, hear or touch,” an abstract noun!

An abstract noun is the name of a quality, action or state!

Many abstract nouns are formed with “adjectives, verbs and common nouns” by adding a suffix.

Here are Abstract Nouns from “Adjectives.

She has shown great kindness to others! “She is kind.”

They were known for their bravery in the war! “They were brave.”

The reality of the situation is not too good! “A real situation.”

His strength was beyond our imagination! “He was strong.”

The happiness in the family was overwhelming! “They were happy.”

Abstract Nouns from “Verbs,” Examples:

Growth in the company is better than expected! “To grow.”

It has been a pleasure doing business with you! “To please.”

There was a belief that the story might be true! “To believe.”

The marriage was a huge success with compromise! “To marry.”

That was a very relaxing night out! “To relax.”

Abstract Nouns from “Common Nouns” Examples:

They had a wonderful childhood growing up! “child+hood.”

Their friendship has lasted for many years! “friend+ship.”

She earned a scholarship with hard work! “scholar+ship.”

She displays great leadership in her position as president! “leader+ship.”

He decided to join the membership in the club! “member+ship.”

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Abstract Nouns Everyday Dialog.

An abstract noun
is intangible.
In other words,
we cannot
see, smell, taste,
hear or touch an
abstract noun.
It’s the opposite
of a concrete noun.
That I can touch. Right?
An abstract noun
is a name of a quality,
action or state.
Many abstract nouns
are formed with
adjectives, verbs
and common nouns by
adding a “suffix.”
Remember, that in English
simply a word is just
a word until we
decide how to use it
in a statement in
the English language.
So. Many nouns are
verbs, many verbs
are nouns. And, so on.
Abstract nouns
from adjectives.
Can you find the
abstract noun?
She has shown
great kindness
to others.
She is kind. So.
“Kindness” is your
“abstract noun.”
They were known for
their bravery in the
war. They were brave.
“Bravery” is your
abstract noun.
The reality of the
situation is not too
good. A real situation.
“Reality.”
His strength was beyond
our imagination.
He was very strong. So.
“Strength” is an
abstract noun.
The happiness in the
family was so overwhelming.
They were happy.
“Happiness” is an
abstract noun.
Remember, abstract nouns,
We can’t touch it.
We can’t feel it.
We can’t smell it.
And we can’t see it.
Well. Unless someone’s
really happy and they’re
smiling maybe you could
see their smile.
Abstract nouns from verbs.
Growth in the
company is better
than expected. So.
“To grow.”
We’ve taken
a word “grow.”
We’ve added “th.”
And now it becomes
another word.
It’s an “abstract noun.”
It has been a pleasure
doing business with you.
“To please.” So.
“A pleasure.”
We’ve taken the word
“to please.”
We’ve taken or
removed the “e”
and added “ure”
to create a new word.
And now it is
an “abstract noun.”
“Hey! There was a
belief that the
story might be true!
“To believe.” So.
“Belief.”
A “belief” is an
abstract noun.
The marriage was a
huge success with
compromise.
“To marry.” So.
“Marriage” is an
abstract noun.
And that is very
true. By the way!
All marriages must
have compromise.
That was a very
relaxing night out.
“To relax.” So,
in this context, relaxing
is a an abstract noun.
Abstract nouns from
common nouns.
Hey! They had a
wonderful childhood
growing up. So.
We put two words
together! “Child,”
plus “hood” to create
a new abstract noun
or new noun and
it’s the word “childhood.”
“Childhood.”
When you’re growing up!
Their friendship has
lasted for many years.
Friend and ship.
We’ve taken two nouns.
Put them together and
now we have a
great friendship.
She earned a scholarship
with hard work!
To be a “scholar”
and a “ship.”
We put two words
together and now
we’ve formed an
abstract noun.
She displays great
leadership in her
position as president. So.
A “leader” and a “ship.”
“Leadership” is
an Abstract Noun.