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A mass vs abstract concept Options
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, January 7, 2019 6:12:56 AM
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A mass: work, equipment, homework, money, transportation, clothing, luggage, jewelry, traffic

A natural substance: air, ice, water, fire, wood, blood, hair, gold, silver

Food: milk, rice, coffee, bread, sugar, meat, water

An abstract concept: advice, happiness, health, education, research, knowledge, information, time

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/grammar/nouns
Please explain the difference between the terms "a mass" and "abstract concept".
Why can't we treat "traffic" in "abstract concept " and not in the "mass" category?
Marek Guman
Posted: Monday, January 7, 2019 4:54:27 PM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
A mass: work, equipment, homework, money, transportation, clothing, luggage, jewelry, traffic

A natural substance: air, ice, water, fire, wood, blood, hair, gold, silver

Food: milk, rice, coffee, bread, sugar, meat, water

An abstract concept: advice, happiness, health, education, research, knowledge, information, time

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/grammar/nouns
Please explain the difference between the terms "a mass" and "abstract concept".
Why can't we treat "traffic" in "abstract concept " and not in the "mass" category?


Interesting question.
It seems mass uncountable nouns represent something,
that is tangible after all - like I have my homework done or not.


From your webpage:
Noncount (or uncountable) nouns exist as masses or abstract quantities that cannot be counted.
They have no plural form. Although most English nouns are count nouns, noncount nouns frequently occur in academic writing.


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