Many abstract nouns can be re-conceptualised as concrete nouns eg.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
He ran different distances.
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Would the following words (commonly used in Math) be classified as abstract nouns?
1. DISTANCE: We only see, touch etc. objects that possess distance, but not distance itself. That would, I assume apply equally to the nouns: width, height and length which would also be abstract.
WEIGHT and VOLUME: Ditto for these two. We only see, touch feel objects that possess them.
QUANTITY: We do not see, hear, touch quantity. Only the objects that are seen to have a quantity.
MONEY: Is money an abstract concept? Coins and notes are visible and tactile, but money isn't.
TIME: Is certainly abstract.
PLACE VALUES: e.g. Hundreds, Tens and Ones. Aren't these abstract ideas?
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I am a little puzzled as to why this post is categorized as a question about grammar.
The abstract/concrete distinction (unlike, e.g. that of count/noncount) has no direct bearing on grammar...
I might be wrong but I guess that might have something to do with the article to be used with those words.
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