Abstract - concrete noun

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Abstract and concrete nouns are one of the distinctions in the word class of nouns. The difference is essentially a semantic one: it is based on what the words mean.

  • Concrete nouns refer to things you can actually experience directly through your senses - e.g. a brick, a window, a smell, a song, or a taste.
  • Abstract nouns are the things that only exist in the mind, such as religion, an idea, and an argument. (Note that an abstract noun can be either a common noun - e.g. religion - or a proper noun - e.g. Buddhism, Christianity or Islam.)