Hi there

Can someone please approve my answers, below? They are in bold.

From the following sentences write the names of eight things:

"Nature loves colour. She made nothing without it. Her skies are blue, her fields green; her waters vary with teh skies; her animals, minerals, plants, all are coloured."

My answers:

The questions in this book are not written prescriptively. I assumed we are vbeing asked to look at common and proper nouns. If so, I can name seven. I believe "colour" and "nothing" could be abstract nouns:
  1. Nature
  2. skies
  3. fields
  4. waters
  5. animals
  6. minerals
  7. plants
  8. "nothing" or "colour"
I wouldn't say that a 'thing' cannot be abstract.
eg have you ever heard of the song called "What Is This Thing Called Love?"

Hi Clive

Thanks for that, and your response on the (very difficult) adverbs question.

Can you please advise if "nothing" is a noun.

I know that "colour" can be a noun, adjective, even a verb.

Many thanks
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Usually a word or group of words used as a name is a noun.

The word 'nothing' is a pronoun in most cases.

I have nothing to add here.
'Nothing' is a noun. My dictionary agrees.
I'm not sure why you see it as a pronoun.

I have nothing more to tell you.

There is nothing in my refrigerator. [ I mean I ate all the cheesse, butter, beef, etc. and I forgot to buy some today.]

In the above the word 'nothing' is a pronoun.

Am I wrong, Clive?
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Yes, 'nothing' is a noun.

You can't really say it represents 'no cheese, no cars, no stars, no bananas, etc.'
Can you find a dictionary entry that refers to it as a pronoun?

I see it this way:

1. Something = some thing => it is noun (because "thing" is a noun).
2. Same goes to "nothing".

Another viewpoint:

A pro-nount is something that refers to a noun that has previously been mentioned in the text (except sentences like "it is raining"):

«I like my car (mentioned here), it (reference) looks so good.»

In other words: a pro-noun is a pointer to a noun.

"Something", "Nothing" and "color" never point to an already mentioned noun, so they are normal nouns.
Rotter: «There is nothing in my refrigerator. [ I mean I ate all the cheesse, butter, beef, etc. and I forgot to buy some today.]
In the above the word 'nothing' is a pronoun.»

Then I can say: «There is no food in my refrigerator», "food" is a pro-noun Emotion: wink

It is interesting enough that the three dictionaries that I looked at all declare the word nothing as a pronoun with a similar sentence:

There is nothing in this box = There isn't anything in this box. BTW, anything is a pronoun also according to The American Heritage, The Cambridge, and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Language.

Incidentally, two of them also give a few examples that show nothing is used as a noun, as in:

He's a nothing, a low-down, useless nobody - Cambridge
"A nothing is a dreadful thing to hold onto” (Edna O'Brien) - American Heritage
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