|Abstract and Concrete Words
(Exercise # 3)
Adapted from Child-Story Readers: Wonder Stories
New York: Lyons and Carnahan, 1927. p. 241-2
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1. The words in the "Word List" are more concrete than
the abstract words in the table below. Put each of the words in the "Word
List" in their proper place in the table.
2. Add as many concrete words as you can to each of the
3. Remember that the abstract/concrete distinction is
not two boxes into which words can be put. Words can be more or less abstract
or concrete. Select one of the concrete words on your list (or in
the exercise above) and list five words that are more concrete examples
of that word. For example, how many types of soldiers can you name?
4. To explain some abstract words, it is better to give
and explain examples of it. Pick one word from the following list and write
a paragraph that explains what it means to you. Use as many concrete examples
as you can. Your teacher may have everyone read their paragraphs in class
to see the different ways in which the word is defined.
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