what is abstract in english

what is abstract in english

Use the adjective abstract for something that is not a material object or is general and not based on specific examples.
Abstract is from a Latin word meaning “pulled away, detached,” and the basic idea is of something detached from physical, or concrete, reality. It is frequently used of ideas, meaning that they don’t have a clear applicability to real life, and of art, meaning that it doesn’t pictorially represent reality. It is also used as a noun, especially in the phrase “in the abstract” (a joke has a person laying down a new sidewalk saying “I like little boys in the abstract, but not in the concrete”), and as a verb (accented on the second syllable), meaning “to remove.”

She became an international sensation at the tender age of two—before she even started pre-school—for her abstract works of art.
These matters are not mere threats to abstract constitutional principles.

A concrete noun is a noun that can be identified through one of the five senses (taste, touch, sight, hearing, or smell). Consider the examples below:
Even though noise can’t be touched—and the noise may even be coming from several places—you can hear the noise, so it’s a concrete noun.

References:

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/abstract
http://www.grammarly.com/blog/concrete-vs-abstract-nouns/
http://library.leeds.ac.uk/dissertation-examples

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