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    Nat189 Guest

    Concrete and Abstract Nouns

    Hi I am struggling with my AS English because I am confused about categorising nouns. Could you please tell me if these are abstract nouns:
    beginning
    pension
    corner
    summer
    year
    holidays
    birthday
    subject
    I think they are because you can't touch them but I'm unsure!
    Would pounds be concrete because you can count them?
    Thank you
    Nat

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Just ask whether they have a physical existence. In a case like 'pension', you could argue that the concept is abstract, but when you collect the cash it's concrete, but the idea is abstract.

    BTW- you can touch a corner.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/abstract-noun.html

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