Abstract and concrete nouns are two different classes of nouns. Before explaining these two classes, let me define ‘noun’.
Noun: It is defined as a word that is used to refer to a place, thing, person, events, or quality.
Now, I will tell you about the two classes of nouns: abstract and concrete nouns.
Abstract nouns are those nouns that are not concrete. It means that these nouns are intangible. You cannot touch, see, smell, hear, or taste it. It is used to refer an idea, quality, or a state.
Some examples of abstract nouns are,
1. Everyone is talking about his bravery that he showed yesterday.
2. Trust is very important for a relationship; don’t break it.
From the above examples, ‘bravery’, ‘trust’, and ‘relationship’ are known as abstract nouns, which are intangible.
Here are some abstract nouns that are used in some famous quotes.
1. Happiness is not a goal… it’s a by-product of a life well lived. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
2. Honesty is the best policy. (Benjamin Franklin)
3. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. (Mark Twain)
Concrete nouns are those nouns that you can see, hear, feel (touch), taste, or smell (i.e. that you can experience with your five senses). They are not abstract. It means that these nouns are used to refer something that exists.
Some examples of concrete nouns are,
1. Let’s go to the nearby bookstore to buy some new English novels.
2. The students are excited to participate in the beauty contest.
From the above examples, ‘bookstore’, ‘novels’, and ‘students’ are concrete nouns, which are tangible.
Concrete Noun = Tangible
Abstract Noun = Intangible
Find out Abstract and Concrete Nouns from the following sentences.
1. Girls had no idea about your relationship.
2. Kindly bring those gadgets for me.
3. Do you have enough strength to go inside that haunted house?
(Answers are at the end.)
It is concluded that abstract nouns are intangible that are used to refer an idea, state, or a quality. Concrete nouns, on the other hand, are used to refer something that exists; or is not abstract. Both nouns are opposite from each other.
1. Girls (Concrete Noun), Idea (Abstract Noun), Relationship (Abstract Noun).
2. Gadgets (Concrete Noun)
3. Strength (Abstract Noun), House (Concrete Noun)