Collective Nouns and Abstract Nouns
A collective noun is the name of a collection of persons or things taken together and spoken of as one whole. Examples are: jury, army, navy, class, flock, herd, committee, family, fleet, team etc.
A fleet = a collection of ships or vessels
An army = a collection or group of soldiers
- The police disbursed the crowd.
- The jury found the accused guilty.
An abstract noun is the name of a quality, action or state which is not physical and cannot be touched. Examples are: beauty, fear, honesty, intelligence, kindness, bravery, stupidity etc. Note that the names of arts and sciences (e.g. grammar, physics, biology, music etc.) are also abstract nouns.
Abstract nouns are usually formed from adjectives and verbs.
- Beauty from the adjective beautiful
- Honesty from the adjective honest
- Intelligence from the adjective intelligent
- Growth from the verb grow
- Obedience from the verb obey
Some abstract nouns are also formed from common nouns.
- Slavery from the common noun slave
- Childhood from the common noun child
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