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    Abstract & Concrete Nouns

    I can't decide if the nouns "birth" and "management" are abstract or concrete but I think they are concrete. I know that "birth" is countable but I'm not sure if "management" is or not. Can it be both - the act of managing - uncountable & abstract and - the management team - countable and concrete.

    Can anyone squash my doubts?

    Thanks.


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    Re: Abstract & Concrete Nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I can't decide if the nouns "birth" and "management" are abstract or concrete but I think they are concrete. I know that "birth" is countable but I'm not sure if "management" is or not. Can it be both - the act of managing - uncountable & abstract and - the management team - countable and concrete.

    Can anyone squash my doubts?

    Thanks.
    My understanding is:

    definitions for the word birth:
    1. the time when a baby comes out of its mother's body.

    Have you seen a time? Have you tasted a time? Have you touched a time? Have you smelled one? Have you heard one? No. No. No... --> abstract

    2. a child which is born --> see a child; hear a child... --> concrete

    (The percentage of live births.)

    'birth' has both concrete and abstract senses.
    ...........................................
    management: a set of individuals -- this is an abstract concept. You can see all the individuals of the management, but the management itself you can't see; can't hear...

    Both nouns can be put into plural.

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