Concrete Nouns, Abstract Nouns, and Collective Nouns
Aconcrete noun names a person, place, or thing that can be perceived by one or more of the
senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell). An abstract noun names an idea, a feeling, a quality,
or a characteristic.
CONCRETE song ABSTRACT loyalty hubcap dishonor dog trust
A collective noun is a word that, even when it is singular, names a group.
COLLECTIVE audience, family, batch, herd, class
EXERCISE A Decide whether each of the following nouns is concrete or abstract. Identify each one by writing CON for concrete or ABS for abstract.
______ 1. locker
______ 2. enthusiasm
______ 3. humor
______ 4. bridge
______ 5. Brazil
______ 6. dishonesty
______ 7. computer
______ 8. Jupiter
______ 9. sympathy
______ 10. procrastination
______ 11. Great Barrier Reef
______12. Queen Elizabeth II
EXERCISE B Underline each collective noun in the following sentences.
11. I sing tenor in a quartet.
12. Everyone in the group received a door prize.
13. The team arrived early and went to the locker room.
14. As I watched, a flock of geese flew overhead.
15. The jury filed into their seats and listened to the judge’s instructions.
16. During lunch today the committee will meet to plan fund-raising events.
17. Can you find your way through this thick grove of trees?
18. The cat and her litter found a home in my dog’s abandoned doghouse.
19. When Jared hit the beehive with a stick, a swarm of angry bees flew out.
20. For this short flight, the plane needs a crew of only three.