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    Help me to identify nouns

    Help me in classifying nouns :
    news (common, uncountable, abstract)
    dust (common, uncountable, concrete)
    rubbish (common, uncountable, concrete)
    weather (common, uncountable, abstract)
    dust (common, uncountable, concrete)
    class (I know it is noun but I don't know its meaning) (What is the meaning of class?)
    sea (common, uncountable, concrete)
    language (common, countable, concrete)
    poem (common, countable, concrete)
    poetry. (What is poetry?)
    window. (common, concrete, countable)
    summer (common, uncountable, abstract)
    music (common, uncountable, abstract)
    drink (common, uncountable, abstract)
    fish (common, uncountable, concrete)
    idea (common, uncountable, abstract)
    fun (common, uncountable, abstract)
    Please tell me the above answer is right or wrong. If wrong, state me reason.

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    Re: Help me to identify nouns

    What's abstract about 'drink'? Is language concrete?

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    Re: Help me to identify nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What's abstract about 'drink'? Is language concrete?
    I am not understand what you are telling.

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    Re: Help me to identify nouns

    Firstly, what do you understand by the terms abstract and concrete?

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    Re: Help me to identify nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Firstly, what do you understand by the terms abstract and concrete?
    What I understand is that :

    Abstract noun is one which we cannot see, touch, but we can feel that.

    e.g. love, hope, sleep, honesty, bravery, etc.

    Concrete noun is one which we can touch and can see.

    e.g. book, pen, pencil, computer.

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    Re: Help me to identify nouns

    Right, well how do you see or touch 'language'? We don't- it's not the same as the printed words on the page. 'Drink' can be concrete, but it can also be abstract. Remember that many nouns can display more than one characteristic. Many uncountable nouns can also display countability, depending on how you use them:
    A lot of coffee is grown in Brazil. (Uncountable, thinking of the substance in general)
    I'd like two coffees and a water. (countable, thinking about cups of coffee)
    The shop sells many different coffees (countable, thinking about different types, brands, etc)
    The categories are very often not fixed, but can change when the nouns are used.

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    Hello, friend. Your list is so long! Here is a little help:

    "Ideas" are abstract but countable. Why not? "I have six good ideas and three silly ideas."

    "Summer" is also a countable noun, for example: "I spent my summers with my grandparents before I graduated." An amount of time is countable: weeks, months, winters ("He spent three winters in Italy for his health."), summers, years.

    Poetry: You ask, what is poetry? If you can say "The poetry" or "her poetry," then it is a noun. If you can say "I love poetry," well it's the object of the verb, yes it is a noun. If you look up "poetry" in a dictionary, well it's a noun. Are you wondering if it's countable/abstract?

    It is uncountable. The word poetry can include many many poems. "The poetry of Cuba has a history of political and social criticism." It is abstract: you can touch poems, but you hear poetry, like music.

    Good luck!

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