Fun Easy English Classroom February 10


Learn about
abstract nouns
Abstract Nouns

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about abstract nouns an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Abstract Nouns
  • An abstract noun:
  • is a word used to describe intangible concepts such as: states, events, concepts, feelings, qualities, etc., that have no physical existence
  • is a word that cannot be perceived through the five physical senses of: hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and touching
  • is the opposite of a concrete noun
  • An abstract noun is either:
  • countable
  • non-countable
Abstract Nouns Examples
  • I know the importance of learning English.
  • I would like the opportunity to study abroad.
  • She needs to have more confidence.
  • Happiness means different things to different people.
  • You should save your money for your education.
  • She has a lot of pride.
  • The following words are abstract nouns
  • advice, afterthought, anger, art, beauty, behavior, business, childhood, confidence, courage, crime, democracy, education, energy, enjoyment, entertainment, freedom, friendship, fun, grammar, hate, hatred, happiness, health, help, history, homework, honesty, importance, information, insurance, intelligence, interest, justice, knowledge, laughter, law, life, love, luck, music, news, noise, opportunity, patience, peace, permission, politics, practice, pride, progress, proof, responsibility, schizophrenia, secrecy, slang, sleep, time, traffic, travel, trouble, truth, unemployment, violence, vocabulary, wealth, work
From YOUR Teacher: Abstract Nouns

Knowing abstract nouns is very important if you want to be able to express yourself adequately in English. Study the examples shown above.
Test: Abstract Nouns

For each test question, fill in the blank with the abstract noun which best fits with the context (meaning) of the sentence.
1.  I really need your ________ about this relationship.

     a.  advice
     b.  anger
     c.  energy
     d.  practice
2.  They accumulated an incredible amount of ________ this year.

     a.  violence
     b.  unemployment
     c.  wealth
     d.  schizophrenia
3.  You really need to think about your ________ next time.

     a.  democracy
     b.  behavior
     c.  justice
     d.  politics
4.  They fell in ________ from the first time they met.

     a.  peace
     b.  pride
     c.  truth
     d.  love
5.  The test shows she has above average ________.

     a.  truth
     b.  sleep
     c.  intelligence
     d.  music
6.  There is a lot of ________ coming from that house anytime.

     a.  noise
     b.  permission
     c.  honesty
     d.  insurance
7.  We try to ________ to Japan at least once a year.

     a.  business
     b.  progress
     c.  work
     d.  travel
8.  The ________ in California is not as good as it used to be.

     a.  laughter
     b.  vocabulary
     c.  education
     d.  trouble
9.  They said she has ________ which explains why she gets so upset.

     a.  schizophrenia
     b.  opportunity
     c.  confidence
     d.  afterthought
10.  You need a lot of ________ if you want to succeed in this world.

     a.  permission
     b.  progress
     c.  enjoyment
     d.  confidence
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