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    Default Re: abstract?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    We were just waiting for you.
    I'm sorry I can't. I can understand it in some contexts but explaining it to someone is another problem, not easy! (except copying from the dictionary and pasting here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Why doesn't any one talk about the meaning of "abstract" as a verb?
    +1 This word is really hard to comprehend, can someone clearly explain this also as a verb?

    I was thinking, if concrete is define to form as a single unit which is the opposite of abstract, then abstract means to seperate it from the group? Is this correct?

    Another confusing example, ill give this one a try.
    "abstract idea" - does this mean a seperate idea or an unusual idea?

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    An abstract idea is usually a vague idea, one with no real definite thoughts behind it.

    I'm thinking of giving up my job and going to see the world but I have absolutely no idea when I will go or where I will go. At the moment, it's just an abstract idea I have about travelling the world.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 31-May-2011 at 16:56. Reason: Typo

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    @emsr2d2
    Thanks, that explains it, now i can freely breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Why doesn't any one talk about the meaning of "abstract" as a verb?
    Or indeed the meaning of the noun 'abstract' (which has nothing to do with the 'not concrete' sense - I mean the short overview of a longer article)... But there are times when a teacher makes an educated guess at what a questioner means, and answers only that question, and on this occasion Mannysteps gave what seemed to me (and obviously was to the OP) a useful answer. (In the terms of some learners' dictionaries, s/he gave the 'red word' definition.)

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    PS Extracted from the Macmillan English Dictionary online:

    Have you noticed that some of the words are in red? These are the most frequent 7,500 words in English...
    More here: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/l...-features.html
    Last edited by BobK; 30-May-2011 at 18:11. Reason: Added PS

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabzki View Post
    @emsr2d2
    Thanks, that explains it. Now I can freely breathe easy.
    You're welcome. Please see amendments in red!

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    Default Re: abstract?

    Originally Posted by emsr2d2
    Originally Posted by mabzki
    Thanks, that explains it. Now I can freely breathe easy.
    Breathe easy (not easily) meaning relax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Breathe easy (not easily) meaning relax?
    I thought you'd ask that. It's right as it is - 'easy' is a 'bare adverb'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I thought you'd ask that. It's right as it is - 'easy' is a 'bare adverb'.
    It just asked for a follow-up, didn't it.

    I figured it's right but does it carry this extra meaning - to relax, apart from just informing us about the manner of breathing or is it not really the case? ;)

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    Default Re: abstract?

    It means 'relax', and has nothing to do with the manner of breathing (except by implication).

    PPS I've found another bit about 'red words' (mentioned a few posts ago. On every page defining a word (any - definition of any by Macmillan Dictionary ) there is a pop-up:

    What are red words?

    90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
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