Common Nouns


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Common Nouns

 

nouns designating the name (common name) of an entire class of objects and phenomena that possess a certain common set of features. Common nouns designate objects or phenomena according to whether they belong to such a class. Common nouns are markers of linguistic concepts and stand in opposition to proper nouns. The transition of common nouns to proper nouns is accompanied by the common noun’s loss of its linguistic concept (for example, Desna, the name of a river, derives from Old Russian desna, “right”). Common nouns can be concrete (stol, “table”), abstract (liubov’, “love”), mass or material (sakhar, “sugar”), and collective (studenchestvo, “student body”). [17–7404]

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1) those functioning as common nouns as well as the proper names;
The same suffix appears in adjectives derived from common nouns, and having the sense 'of the nature of, similar to'; from OE: cherlish, hevenish, mennish, thedish, etc.
Collected word-senses can be divided into four groups: common nouns, abstract nouns, adjectives and neologisms.
Thus francoys villon and rene de montigny, angers, sorbonne, saint esprit, and even dieu are written no differently from common nouns.
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Let us now look at the distribution of the possessive genitive of common nouns and the possessive adjective derived from common nouns.
The common nouns that apply to individual substances are count nouns, while those that apply to stuffs are non-count nouns (32).
The research compared standard memory tests conducted among 13,575 respondents on both sides of the Atlantic in which participants were asked to recall a list of 10 common nouns after a delay of five minutes.
Participants in each country took tests of immediate and delayed recall of 10 common nouns, such as "hotel", "river", "tree", "skin", "gold", "village", "baby" and "table".
The study involved 16,638 people, age 50 and older, who were read a list of 10 common nouns and then were asked to recall as many words as possible five minutes later.
of Calgary, Canada) offers historical linguists an account of the evolution of overt definiteness in Modern Bulgarian over the past four centuries as expressed by nominals of varied structure that have common nouns, proper names, or pronouns in the head position.