| Vocabulary: Abstract nouns
For each of the six questions choose the one correct answer.
1. The worst thing about my job is the ___________; I do the same thing day after day.
2. I go to the gym to build up my ____________.
3. I’ve been seeing my girlfriend for 6 months now, I suppose it’s quite a serious____________.
4. I spent most of my _________ walking around the streets with other children. Wewere always getting into trouble!
5. When I told her she’d passed the exam, she looked at me in total ___________.
6. My son has a big _____________, he’s always telling stories about things which
Abstract nouns – Answers
a) wisdom – ‘wisdom’ is the noun from ‘wise’ – being knowledgeable through experience.
b) kingdom – a land ruled by a monarch is known as a ‘kingdom’, e.g. The UK (United
c) boredom – ‘boredom’ is the noun from ‘bored’. Correct
d) freedom – ‘freedom’ is the noun from ‘free’ – meaning liberty, not captive or a prisoner.
a) length – ‘length’ is the noun made from ‘long’, what’s the noun made from strong?
b) warmth – ‘warmth’ is the adjective made from ‘warm’, what’s the noun made from
c) depth – ‘depth’ is the noun made from ‘deep’, what’s the noun made from strong?
d) strength – ‘strength’ is the noun made from ‘strong’. Correct
a) friendship – if you are friends with someone, you have a friendship.
b) membership – if you belong to a club, you are a member; the membership is the people
who belong to the club.
c) companionship – if someone is lonely, they might look for companionship, someone to
keep them company.
d) relationship – someone has a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband
or wife. Correct
a) childhood – the time when you are a child is called ‘childhood’. Correct
b) adulthood – the time when you are an adult is called ‘adulthood’.
c) motherhood – the time when you are a mother is called ‘motherhood’.
d) neighbourhood – the local area where you live is called your ‘neighbourhood’.
a) replacement – my printer broke last week, so I took it back to the shop and asked for a
b) achievement – if you are able to do something difficult, you achieve something –
achievement is the noun.
c) amazement – ‘amazement’ is the noun from ‘amaze’ – total surprise and shock.
d) improvement – if something gets better it improves. ‘Improvement’ is the noun from
a) action – ‘action’ describes doing something or behaving in a certain way.
b) imagination – you have ‘imagination’ if you can form images in your mind without
seeing something, or if you are very creative. Correct
c) illusion – if something is an illusion, it appears real but, in fact, is not, e.g. seeing a water
oasis in the middle of a desert.
d) collection – a ‘collection’ is a number of things which belong together as a group, e.g.
she had an amazing stamp collection.