Words that can function as subjects in sentences are called noun. These are the names that refer to beings or objects. Abstract, for its part, is an adjective that refers to the quality that exists beyond the subject or that which is symbolic (as opposed to the material or physical).
The idea of abstract noun, in this way, it is linked to the terms that allow naming objects created by thought or perceived through intelligence. It is therefore possible to differentiate between abstract nouns and concrete nouns (which are responsible for naming objects that are perceived through the senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch or taste).
A example of abstract noun is “evil”. The notion is associated with the condition of that or that which is bad. Because the “evil” It is not something that can be detected through the senses, but it is a mental construction, it can be qualified as an abstract noun. For instance: “The evil of this young man is evident in each of his acts”, “He is a man who has no evil”, “I don’t think it was a joke: it was just mean”.
Many times abstract nouns are constructed from the addition of suffixes to a verb or an adjective. If we focus on the previous example, “evil” it derivates from “bad”.
In order to better understand what abstract noun means, nothing better than knowing other specifications or characteristics of it, such as these:
-They also refer to feelings, sensations and elements that have to do with our imagination.
-In particular, in front of the so-called concrete nouns, which are those that we can establish that have a tangible character, the abstract ones cannot be “touched”. That is, these are only shaped by thought, emotion, imagination …
-It is usual that, when forming the nouns at hand from verbs, adjectives or other nouns, suffixes such as “-dad” or “-encia” are used. Examples of this are humility, freedom, generosity, wickedness, decency, innocence …
-This type of nouns are considered to be one of the five large groups in which nouns are classified. Thus, in addition to them are the concrete, the common, the own and the collectives.
Other of the many examples of abstract nouns are craving, ambition, banality, desire, spirituality, lust, foolishness, obsession, or pity.
Sentences that can help us delve even more into this type of nouns can be the following:
– “The generosity of the human being sometimes has no limits.”
– “If there is something that defined Juan, it was his great goodness.”
– “The love that Manuel felt towards Carmen was really unique.”
– “Isabel showed good signs of her selfishness when she did not want to share food with her friends.”
The “joy”, the “faith” and the “hunger” They are also abstract nouns: “Since Marita left I lost my joy”, “I have faith that everything will change”, “Hunger does not let me think clearly”.