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a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action

the word class that can serve as the subject or object of a verb, the object of a preposition, or in apposition

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Initiation is an abstract noun etymologically related to the adjective initial that most Kenyans misuse exclusively as a noun.
Also Tsai and colleagues [62] found that, in a lexical decision task and a semantic relatedness judgment task, concrete nouns elicited larger N400 responses than abstract nouns. In contrast to the centroparietal distribution of the classical N400 effect for written words, the N400 concreteness effect seems to extend to frontal electrodes [63] and to persist beyond the standard N400 time window.
This is a chance for them to practically show that the democracy in Macedonia is not an abstract noun but the real situation that functions regardless of all disagreements and criticisms, Popovska comments.
Abstract noun referents are difficult to classify on Hernandez' animacy hierarchy, because as Wagner (2005: 348) notes, count nouns can be both concrete and abstract so that the two continua count-mass and concrete-abstract interact, resulting in a three-dimensional model.
The use of an abstract noun in the plural is noticeable, and in this context there are two modes of plurality.
In English, death is an abstract noun. This means that it is not physically grab -able.
One thing's certain, though; whether we --(VERB) the --(NOUN) until we turn --(COLOR), or --(VERB) --(DIRECTION) to reach --(STATE OF BEING), CRM will continue to be a --(ABSTRACT NOUN) to businesses in every field.
From "abstract noun" to "zero relative pronoun," Leech (emeritus, English Linguistics, Lancaster U.) offers definitions and explanations of the terminology of English grammar in this cross- referenced glossary.
Is it really wise to initiate hostilities with an abstract noun? George W Bush certainly thinks so.
In his remarkable study, Shame and Necessity, Bernard Williams discusses an analogous situation in connection with the concept of intention in Homer: Although, as critics have pointed out, Homer has no word equivalent to the abstract noun "intention," there is implicit in this description [of Telemachus taking the blame for leaving open the door to the storeroom where the armor is kept] a notion that we can identify as that of an intention: Telemachus left the door open-- that was indeed something he did--but he did not mean to.
will inspire a proliferation of further readings in their turn.' (19) The eleven essays are grouped under four headings: 'Adolescence,' 'Marginality,' 'Story-telling' and 'New Zealand.' (In order to fit with the different kinds of nouns in the other three headings, the last one seems to me to need an abstract noun that 'New Zealand' could qualify as an adjective.
Let us now turn to determiner variations with abstract nouns. In (25), the abstract noun "discipline" is constructed as a postnominal genitive phrase in English, French, and German, and as a prenominal phrase in Hungarian.
For instance, Steinmayer describes the prefix peN-as a formant for (1) an agent, (2) the name of a thing that does something, and (3) an abstract noun. Basically, however, it seems that we have here a general nominalizing prefix (the only nominalizing prefix in Iban).
Success is an abstract noun, but it's measured by each learner.
But terror is an abstract noun, not a country as our Constitution pickily insists for a war.