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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Are abstract nouns used with singular verb forms with no?

    Thanks.
    See my post #4.

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    See my post #4.
    Thanks a lot, SoothingDave.

    I got it. Abstract nouns can be countanble or uncountable .

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post

    I got it. Abstract nouns can be countanble or uncountable.
    Now give us an example of a countable abstract noun and an uncountable abstract noun.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

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    Now give us an example of a countable abstract noun and an uncountable abstract noun.
    Thanks, ems.

    experiences =countable abstract noun
    information=uncountable abstract noun

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    No. Abstract is not the same as uncountable. Dreams, emotions, and ideas are all abstract but countable.


    EDIT: I didn't see the second page of posts when I wrote this. It's now redundant.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 05-Jan-2013 at 04:57.
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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No. Abstract is not the same as uncountable. Dreams, emotions, and ideas are all abstract but countable.
    Hi Barb,

    What do you mean by "Abstract is not the same as uncountable."?

    An abstract noun can be either a countable noun or uncountable noun. Abstract nouns that refer to events are almost usually countable: a noise; a meeting.
    Read more at Abstract Nouns - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Isn't that exactly what Barb_D is saying?

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