Grammatical Wednesdays – Subject vs. Noun


Last week I discussed the eight parts of speech.   As I noted last week “parts of speech defines how words are being used.”

This week I will like to discuss subjects that are also known as nouns.  Nouns can be a person, animal, place, thing, or abstract idea.  Stop!  Wait!  Explain!  What is an abstract idea?

An abstract idea is an idea that can be interpreted in many different ways. Some examples include:Betrayal, Charity, Courage, Cowardice, Cruelty, Forgiveness, Truth, Love, Anger, Fear, Grief, Happiness, Jealously, Sympathy, Insanity, Knowledge, Wisdom, Right/Wrong, Duty, Fame, Justice, Liberty, Friendship, Greed, Innocence, Rules, Social Norm, and Religion.Usually these abstract terms are difficult to define alone, but easier when in context. For example: What is Right? vs. What is the right answer to this math equation?

For most people it will be easier to answer the second question, because it is in context.

Other words:

The question “What is Right?” is a proper question and “right” is abstract idea.  However it is hard to figure that ‘right’ is the abstract idea because of limited information.  Therefore, when the question is asked in the following way “What is the right answer to this math equation?” it gives more detail.  As a result it is becomes easier to find ‘right’ as a abstract idea, thus, making “right” a noun.

NOTE:  If you are an English guru and notice I have made an error in my interpretation please contact me with the correct answer.

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