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Abstract nouns

Abstract is an adjective that describes something that exists in thought or as an idea but does not having a physical or 'real' existence. So, for example, an abstract painting is one that does not represent a 'real' object.

An abstract noun is a noun that refers to an idea, quality, or state rather than a concrete object. Some examples include:

  • flexibility

  • aggressiveness

  • determination

  • love

Consider the ten verbs and adjectives below and identify their abstract noun forms.

When you think you know their noun forms, complete the vocabulary activity by entering your details in the sheet below.


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