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ABSTRACT NOUNS

Abstract nouns refer to qualities/states/attributes/emotions which


cannot be seen or touched.
In other words, a noun that is abstract is a concept, idea,
experience, state of being, quality or feeling that cannot be
experienced with the five senses.
Common Abstract Nouns
Emotions/Feelin
gs:
love
hate
anger
peace
pride
sympathy

Movements/Events
:
progress
education
hospitality
leisure
trouble
friendship
relaxation

States/Attribut
Ideas/Concepts/Ide
es:
als:
bravery
belief
loyalty
dream
honesty
justice
integrity
truth
compassion
faith
success
liberty
charity
knowledge
courage
thought
skill
information
beauty
culture
pain
trust
misery
dedication
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ability
accuracy
anxiety
beauty
bravery
charity
curiosity
difficulty
democracy
envy
generosity
glory
honesty
humility
injury
integrity
jealousy
loyalty
maturity
misery
poverty
prosperity
stupidity
sympathy
unity
division
explosion
refusal
arrival

kingdom
agreement
freedom
amazement
wisdom
contentment
relaxation
employment
strength
enjoyment
faith
judgement
truth
brotherhood
depth
treatment
warmth
excitement
health
announcement
growth
neighbourhood
death
fatherhood
length
childhood
width
gracefulness
friendship
rudeness
leadership
dirtiness
membership
coldness
scholarship
calmness
confidence
greatness
silence
happiness
evidence
hotness
defence
kindness
patience
politeness
intelligence
carelessness
independence
sadness
appearance
silliness
romance
uniqueness
performance
weakness
importance
education
ignorance
election
tolerance
multiplication
permission
subtraction
compassion
addition
destruction
completion
Circle the abstract noun(s) in each sentence. Use the
previous page to help you.

patriotism
criticism
magnetism
heroism
justice
cowardice
action
belief
behaviour
courage
distance
discipline
evil
fame
fear
greed
grief
honour
hunger
hope
hatred
height
humour
joy
knowledge
laughter
marriage
pride
pleasure
sale
success
speech
thought
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1. Friendship is often said to be a golden chain.


2. Always speak the truth in all circumstances.
3. The opposite of bravery is cowardice.
4. Poverty is a stepping stone to success.
5. Henry gave his speech with great courage.
6. Lifting the big bag of sand required great strength.
7. The old mans wisdom and knowledge were valued greatly.
8. Many believe prefer to have health rather than wealth.
9. The students measured the width, depth and height of the
box.
10.Addition and subtraction are very easy for me to do.
11.His dirtiness and rudeness needed to be addressed by the
teacher.
12.Jane and Janice find much enjoyment in their friendship.

Note: Words with the following suffixes are often abstract nouns:

-tion

-sion

-ism

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-ity

-ment

-ness

-way

-ture

-th

-hood

-ance

-dom

-cy

-acy

-ability

-age

-ence

-ship

Add ment to each word so that it forms an abstract noun.


advertise

____________________________________________

argue

____________________________________________

commence

____________________________________________

encourage

____________________________________________

judge

____________________________________________

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move

____________________________________________

manage

____________________________________________

postpone

____________________________________________

punish

____________________________________________

amaze

____________________________________________

employ

____________________________________________

develop

____________________________________________

agree

____________________________________________

treat

____________________________________________

announce

____________________________________________

excite

____________________________________________

enjoy

____________________________________________

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Add tion to each word so that it forms an abstract noun.

calculate

____________________________________________

cancel

____________________________________________

combine

____________________________________________

compensate

____________________________________________

compose

____________________________________________

congratulate

____________________________________________

construct

____________________________________________

correct

____________________________________________

create

____________________________________________

describe

____________________________________________

exclaim

____________________________________________

explore

____________________________________________

imagine

____________________________________________

locate

____________________________________________

occupy

____________________________________________

prepare

____________________________________________

add

____________________________________________

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admire

____________________________________________

apply

____________________________________________

attract

____________________________________________

classify

____________________________________________

collect

____________________________________________

complete

____________________________________________

destroy

____________________________________________

elect

____________________________________________

invite

____________________________________________

multiply

____________________________________________

observe

____________________________________________

pollute

____________________________________________

qualify

____________________________________________

relax

____________________________________________

separate

____________________________________________

subtract

____________________________________________

tempt

____________________________________________

Add ness to each word so that it forms an abstract noun.


careless

____________________________________________

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clean
grace

____________________________________________
____________________________________________

great

____________________________________________

happy

____________________________________________

hot

____________________________________________

kind

____________________________________________

light

____________________________________________

mad

____________________________________________

rude

____________________________________________

sad

____________________________________________

sick

____________________________________________

silly

____________________________________________

thick

____________________________________________

unique

____________________________________________

weak

____________________________________________

Add ence to each word so that it forms an abstract noun.


confide

____________________________________________

defend

____________________________________________

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depend

____________________________________________

evident

____________________________________________

exist

____________________________________________

infer

____________________________________________

intelligent

____________________________________________

interfere

____________________________________________

obey

____________________________________________

occur

____________________________________________

patient

____________________________________________

pretend

____________________________________________

prevail

____________________________________________

reside
silent

____________________________________________
____________________________________________

Add ance to each word so that it forms an abstract noun.


accept
allow

____________________________________________
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annoy

____________________________________________

appear

____________________________________________

enter

____________________________________________

fragrant

____________________________________________

grieve

____________________________________________

hinder

____________________________________________

ignorant

____________________________________________

import

____________________________________________

observe

____________________________________________

perform

____________________________________________

rely

____________________________________________

resemble

____________________________________________

resist

____________________________________________
disturb

____________________________________________

Add sion to each word so that it forms an abstract noun.


admit

____________________________________________

ascend

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compel

____________________________________________

conclude

____________________________________________

confuse

____________________________________________

decide

____________________________________________

persuade

____________________________________________

erode

____________________________________________

explode

____________________________________________

extend

____________________________________________

permit

____________________________________________

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Complete each sentence with an abstract noun formed from the


word in brackets.
1. The boy was praised for his ________________________. (brave)
2. Everyone in the___________________________ attended the
funeral on Saturday. (neighbour)
3. The police officer received an award for his
__________________ when he saved the womans life. (hero)

4. Strong attraction of metals is caused by


_____________________. (magnet)
5. Mr. Henry has always shown _________________________ to all
the children in the village. (kind)
6. In the _______________________ the sound of sirens blaring
could be heard. (distant)
7. James is a student with a lot of _________________________ but
he does not show this. (able)
8. The police found no___________________________ at the scene
of the murder. (evident)

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9. Hurricane Hugo caused _________________________ to Grenada


last year. (destroy)
10. I hope that the New Year will bring you
_____________________.
(prosper)
11. Our school is due for _____________________________ in
August.
(complete)
12. We waited anxiously for the teachers _____________________.
(announce)
13. Mother did not give her ______________________________ for
us to go to the party. (permit)
14. Some people show their_______________________ in the face
of
adversity. (coward)
15. Machel Montano made a surprise ____________________ at
the schools concert. (appear)

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Study the example and fill in each blank with the abstract noun of
the word as given in the first sentence.
1. Kamla Persad Bissesear felt proud to be the Prime Minister.
She was filled with

pride

as she was the first woman to

do so.
2. She was a famous actress who first won ____________________
when she acted in the movie Titanic.
3. The tank is 3 feet wide, that is its __________________.
4. I never felt jealous until now when my sister got the award,
__________________ filled my heart.
5. The river is deep, do you know its ___________________?
6. We agree to buy the house together and split the payment
in half, that is our ___________________________.
7. Sammy refused the medicine and his doctor became angry
as he could not understand the reasons for his
___________________.
8. When we are ignorant we are unaware of what is
happening. _______________________ is not always a good
thing.

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In the following sentences use the correct form of the word


in CAPITAL LETTERS to complete each sentence.

1. CALCULATE His __________________________ of the sum


was
correct.
2. JUDGE

The principals ______________________ was

the
Best.
3. MATURE

At _______________________, the Scarlet Ibis has


A brilliant red colour.

4. SENSE

The murder of the old man was a


______________________ and cruel act.

5. FREE

Long ago slaves had no

______________________
to do as they pleased.
6. ADD

She is very good at ______________________

and
seldom gets any wrong.

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7. SPEAK

He gave a memorable _____________________


at the graduation.

8. FRAGRANT

The ________________________of the roses filled


the air.

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