Abstract nouns are those nouns that refer to things that cannot be perceived with the senses but are created and understood by thought or imagination. For example: justice , hunger , health , truth .
Abstract nouns, then, refer to ideas or feelings that correspond to notions or concepts that inhabit our thoughts and often have to do with imagination.
The concrete nouns differ from the abstract to have a tangible character is perceived by the senses. For example: house, car, table.
Although this does not seem to be a too rigorous differentiation, school texts maintain the tradition of defining nouns that can be captured by some of the senses that human beings have as concrete, and of calling abstracts those that are conceived through processes Cognitive as imagination, emotion or thought.
Examples of abstract nouns
How do abstract nouns arise?
These nouns are formed, in some cases from adding a suffix to a verb, an adjective or a noun: suffixes – ty and – ency indicate “quality of” when added to an adjective. Thus, we have the abstract noun generosity (the quality of being generous), freedom (quality of being free) and depth (quality of being deep).
As for the derivatives of verbs , the suffix that is usually added is : imagination comes from imagining, just as education comes from educating.
However, many other abstract nouns have no suffix or come from another word: such is the case of fear , love , pain , courage , faith and calm , forgiveness .