What can I reply to such a lovely comment? Although you may not realize it, you experience abstract nouns every day and in many different types of situations. Thank you for your lovely comment, Irina. Very helpful examples of the difference between concrete and Abstract thinking. A second advantage is helping writers understand that abstract sentences aren’t wrong—as long as you mix the abstract statements with concrete examples so the writing feels alive rather than being just dry facts. Yes, I know what you’re saying about the bewildering blogosphere. How do we tackle it? I think last two lines is the summary of the post, love the style. You might think of the bruised apples your mother used for cooking your favorite apple sauce. Robert asked: Regarding the term 'Concrete' as opposed to 'Abstract'. I found his book a fab reinforcement to what you teach on your courses. It’s not super abstract and it’s not really specific. I think your post will help me to combine those and to write an engaging introduction for my reader. An article about knife crime by Gary Younge, for instance, starts with a specific story of a specific student: Quamari Barnes, a 15-year-old student, had been stabbed several times. This was a fascinating article. Thank you for stopping by and for spreading the word. The diffusion of constitutional judicial review over the past half-century has resulted in the emergence of two dominant ‘models’ of review, the American and the European. They make the facts meaningful. Many thanks for this post! You may also find it useful to analyze how other writers use abstract vs concrete language – that’s what I do to keep improving my own writing. So choose your struggles wisely, my friend. You’ve been reading Jack Hart! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Yolanda. Let me know? I’ve felt the same, and still feel like that to some extent. I was born with Autism Spectrum disorder and I have concrete thinking.The world runs one way and that is with abstract words. The treasure hunt is perhaps more satisfying than being told how to write. Does the author draw up complicated schemes of wheter you should match a 1/3 concrete with a 2/3 abstract word, for instance? The definition of abstract thinking with examples. I love writing and sharing what I learn! Examining Concrete Vs. Abstract Communication Styles . As usual, another thoughtful insight this will remain etched in my brain for a long time – probably forever. The green tree may spark a chain of thoughts in an abstract thinker, and he … I still remember how you taught me during the course, to use examples and metaphors. • Love is a kind of irresistible desire; it’s hard to define. Use it to form an abstract noun to fill in the blank. While some of them are a little more technical than others, they all follow the basic rules of what it takes to write a good abstract. Thoroughly enchanting! I haven’t read the whole book yet. Later on, the story gets connected to data and trends: A Metropolitan police report released last month indicated that between 2014 and 2016 the number of children carrying knives in London schools rose by almost 50%, while the number of knife offences in London schools rose by 26%. Before you know you can spend hours reading here …. A lot of writing is surprisingly poor. And he adds a specific story about himself: For most of my adolescence and young adulthood, I fantasized about being a musician — a rock star, in particular. Loved this post! • Courage, bravery, cowardice, and other such states are abstract nouns. (kind), The wrestlers exhibited immense ___________________. I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy that book, David! Examples varying in concreteness were presented that were not used in the study. Prezi. At the same time there is so much of you in every post that I can almost see you, your bycle and sketching pens,each time I start to read your writing. I just liked to imagine the top. An abstract noun is a type of noun that refers to something a person cannot physically interact with. People want to be rich without the risk, without the sacrifice, without the delayed gratification necessary to accumulate wealth. We sketch the big picture, and use examples to add color. Thought Experiment Developing an analogy that simplifies a complex problem. I’ve not read any of her work (I’m not really into SF). Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us time and again. It may also be related to the approach used to solve problems, inductive vs. deductive reasoning. But the big picture only comes alive with specific examples and stories. What a great explanation of how abstract and concrete work together to paint a vivid picture and convey a message. For example, the following equations represent a linear program (LP) to find optimal values for the vector \(x\) with parameters \(n\) and \(b\) , and parameter vectors \(a\) and \(c\) : The point of the continuum of abstraction is to help people understand what it really means to use concrete language. So, abstract and concrete aren’t discrete categories. By most accounts, Quamari danced to the beat of his own drum. Anyways before I end up writing an entire essay, lemme just end it there! Writing for Social Media, a writing course I’m currently taking on edX brought me here. Abstract noun definition: a noun that has no physical existence. Thank you for you lovely compliment on my writing. Impossible On with the treasure hunt. Concrete noun definition: a noun that is perceptible to at least one of the five senses. I’m glad you’re finding my content worth the wait . After his retirement, Mr. He fell just yards from the school gate. • I’d like the freedom to travel all over the world. examples are Boolean, Integer, Floating Point, Text, etc.. Arrays, lists and trees are concrete datatypes. Why can’t I remember that when I’m writing!? I’m hoping it will improve my own monthly blog posts. Together, the stories and data engage and educate. When he was younger, he had no problem being the only boy in his dance class; as a teenager, while his friends were into grime and rap, he went old-school – Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Aswad. People who know how to speak concrete when I get confused is good.I am not writing a story or anything but trying to understand myself. It is so true. Me neither. It was fun to draw a little more for this post . An example of concrete versus abstract thinking is the response to the phrase, "It's raining cats and dogs." A concrete class can only have concrete methods. But I am so glad I got stuck here :D. Thank you for sharing! All my students would be using your posts as course material. (strong), As the sun dipped below the horizon, _______________ came over the city. Sometimes, I feel desperately fed up with the online world. When you add relevant details, you make your story more vivid. Concretewords refer to tangible, qualities or characteristics, things we know through our senses. I’m in charge of social media for a tech-company and more often than not, I try to inject very fancy and complex terms, hoping that it will attract the technical readers. satisfying and sticking. Perhaps I should be more grateful to my teachers who left me so much to discover . Thank you for stopping by again, Mehera. A concrete detail/image is one that is grounded in a tangible idea, example and/or description; a concrete detail is sometimes referred to as a specific detail and often it is also a sensory detail. The last one made me smile with delight. Most people remain stuck at the top half of the ladder, but the most interesting content combines the very top with the very bottom of the ladder; it mixes the super-concrete with the really abstract. I certainly didn’t learn how to write well at school and had never heard of abstract and concrete words until now. (…). I’d recommend Jack Hart’s book (A Writer’s Coach) – he discusses the ladder of abstraction in chapter 9. In metaphysics, abstract and concrete are classifications that denote whether the object that a term describes has physical referents. And your drawings are fabulous! A person who is thinking concretely might look up … If the color of the dress or the texture of the fabric was described, then the reader would have a better sensory experience. That’s a good point about gobbledygook because gobbledygook is usually somewhere in the middle of the ladder. Bond is also a concrete noun, but dream and retirement are not. At school, you might have learned that words are either abstract or concrete. Yes, using stats and storytelling are both powerful strategies; and the real magic happens when you combine the two. Yes, the Writer’s Coach is an excellent read. And thank you for your lovely comment. It was impossible for me not to click through to the post. I am a retired professor myself. • Desire, creativity, uncertainty, and other innate feelings are abstract nouns. Very interesting. Concrete: Independent Practice Exit Ticket: "Before making a decision..." "It is widely discussed..." "We have. Below follows an example of a concrete paragraph from a blog post about the most important question in your life by Mark Manson: Everybody wants to have an amazing job and financial independence — but not everyone wants to suffer through 60-hour work weeks, long commutes, obnoxious paperwork, to navigate arbitrary corporate hierarchies and the blasé confines of an infinite cubicle hell. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us Henneke, i’m super duper excited for more content from you! Like Ini I too would like to learn more of this concept. What are abstract nouns? Concrete thinking refers to the thinking on the surface whereas abstract thinking is related to thinking in depth. Your advice is always a worthwhile read Henneke and while ‘yes’ I’m guilty of skimming for tidbits I look forward to your posts my dear. Unless I was asleep…. What a wonderful contemporary illustration of the use of Ladder of Abstraction! 10 Good Abstract Examples That Will Kickstart Your Brain. An article about knife crime by Gary Younge, Imagery examples: How to paint pictures with words, How to use the persuasive power of metaphors, https://www.enchantingmarketing.com/precise-writing/. It’s probably one of the best (perhaps THE best) all round writing guide I’ve read. Here, we’ll define abstract nouns, provide abstract noun examples, and give you the information you need for using an abstract noun to write interesting sentences. (…), Despite fantasizing about this for over half of my life, the reality never came. This is where I see most writers go wrong, and they don’t realize exactly why their writing feels bland. Notice that although the ideas expressed are real, they are things you can’t see, touch, taste, smell, or hear. Another thing I learned on the way is that, regardless of your audience, staying authentic and genuine is the key. dog, cat, America, girl, apple, clouds and immigrants. Thanks for the consistently inspiring and enriching posts, Henneke. Answer Key: 1 – Kindness 2 – Strongness 3 – Darkness 4 – Pleasure 5 – Friendship, Copyright 2020 Ginger Software | I hope you’ll enjoy the “snacks!” . Nicolas. Even a single abstract method makes the class abstract. I recently read it. And that irks me.”. You might think of the apples, pears and kiwis in your fruit bowl, or you might think of one juicy mango, or you might think of the fruit display at your supermarket or local greengrocer. • When Sarah jumped into the lake to rescue a drowning cat, her bravery astonished onlookers. The CRA Instructional Approach is “an intervention for mathematics instruction that research suggests can enhance the mathematics performance of students.” (Hauser) The Approach is a “three-part instructional strategy, with each part … The specific stories about specific people add emotion—they provide color to the hard data. Excellent post! These nouns are considered abstract nouns. You’re not the only one. For example, a 2003 study showed the benefits of initially presenting concepts in a concrete fashion and then, over time, augmenting that initial presentation with progressively more abstract representations of the concepts—a method known as concreteness fading (Goldstone & Sakamoto, 2003). 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