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

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studies by Svartengren, Mathiot/Roberts and also Pawley) Mass nouns Can be feminine, masculine and neuter, but are predominantly neuter Abstract nouns Although generally neuter, often feminine in special constructions ([right arrow] non-referential she etc.
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.
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.
Success is an abstract noun, but it's measured by each learner.
The students connected an abstract noun with a concrete noun and developed an extended metaphor.
But terror is an abstract noun, not a country as our Constitution pickily insists for a war.
Terrorism is an abstract noun - how can you bomb an abstraction?
15) Finally Ammianus' contemporary Augustine twice combines the adjective with the abstract noun in a single expression (De Anima 1.
However, it is not until Peter Damian's Book of Gomorrah in the eleventh century that we start to see a pastoral-theological analysis of the newly minted word, sodomia, apparently patterned on another abstract noun, blasphemia.
of an abstract noun 'possession' governing an objective genitive; H91 also consider this possible but prefer to take it as a nominative agent noun 'knowing, knower' governing an accusative.
Secondly, this decision was based on the findings from an initial study (Laso and Verdaguer 2005) of one such abstract noun, conclusion, and its restricted collocations in scientific writing.
Mr Jefferson had once said that it was an abstract noun, but Ashley knew there was nothing abstract about it.
To begin with, it's hard to make war against an abstract noun like terrorism.