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    could you please give more example of concrete nouns? i can't seem to completely grasp it.

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    Default Re: more on concrete nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by sea_orangeblue View Post
    could you please give more example of concrete nouns? i can't seem to completely grasp it.
    Here's a quick test: if you can grasp it (in the physical sense) or touch/see/hear/taste it, it's usually concrete. So knob is concrete, but hope isn't.

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    It's almost as if concrete nouns could be defined as anything you can buy.

    The distinction can be fuzzy though:

    Ex: Her marketing ideas, which we paid for through the nose, are written out right here in black and white. <concrete noun>

    Ex: I like the way he thinks. His ideas are beyond anything we've seen before. <abstract>

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    Yup, it can get really fuzzy. The example I thought of was 'book':

    He dropped the book. [concrete]
    He wrote the book. [abstract, with concrete associations]
    He was thinking about a book. [could be either]

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    thanks, BobK and Casiopea . Now I have a better understanding of concrete nouns with all the examples you gave me. more power!!

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    You're welcome.

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    Default Re: more on concrete nouns

    I'm still not sure what a concrete noun is... could you please tell me if the following words are concrete or abstract :

    Architecture
    Caporal
    Chrismas song
    Football
    Halloween
    Murder
    North
    Radio
    Tango

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    why don't you try first and we can check your instincts?

    (hint: football can be both)

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    Architecture => Abstract
    Caporal => Concrete
    Chrismas song => Concrete
    Football (as a sport) => Abstract
    Halloween => Abstract
    Murder => Abstract
    North => Abstract
    Radio (as a media) => Abstract
    Tango => Concrete

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