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Letts English - abstract noun?
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Author:  mm23292 [ Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Letts English - abstract noun?

Running the gauntlet of DIY, variety of Bond & Letts material. Quite often coming across some dubious answers, some which are obvious mistakes, but some where the answers are ambiguous.
Can someone please give thoughts on this one;

What types of word are these?
Programme, Problem, administration & people.

Options for answer include Common Nouns and Abstract nouns.

Answer in booklet is Common Nouns, but daughter has rightfully questioned why problem is not an abstract noun?
Would appreciate your thoughts!

Author:  yoyo123 [ Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Letts English - abstract noun?

I would say it wasn’t abstract, although it’s difficult to put into words.

A problem is usually a specific, concrete thing.

Abstract nouns are more..well, abstract! e.g happiness, well being, beauty, peace, etc.

Does that make sense?

Author:  mm23292 [ Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Letts English - abstract noun?

Thank you Yo-yo. We did deliberate something like that. But my daughter’s argument was that ‘problems’ were not necessarily more concrete or specific than ‘happiness’ :? Which brought us on to discussing state of mind etc..
It does seem quite a high level of ambiguity for a 10yr old to deliberate an answer in 15 seconds! Thank you :D

Author:  yoyo123 [ Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Letts English - abstract noun?

I agree!

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