March 6, 2010 - Manjusha

Collective Nouns and Abstract Nouns

Collective noun

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.

Abstract noun

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

Nouns abstract noun / abstract nouns / collective noun / collective nouns / noun / Nouns /

Leave a Reply