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another grammar question

Gameplay.
Happiness.
Ennui.

These are all nouns, but they're characterized differently than most. I'll try to define what sets them apart:
    While one might compare their present happiness to a far greater happiness from some point in their childhood, you can't describe this action as "comparing happinesses." That would be wrong, 'cause happiness is neither plural nor singular.
So! I'm looking for a word to describe this.

Our language provides one, and I can not think of it.

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lindasings
Nov. 12th, 2005 09:05 am (UTC)
You can compare degrees of happiness.
self
Nov. 12th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
And moments of happiness. But not seperate happinesses. Because they're ______________.

I'm not looking for a way to circumvent that -- I'm looking for the word that describes it.
lindasings
Nov. 12th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
... mass nouns.
self
Mar. 15th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
huh.
Three and a half years later, I notice that you answered the question.
Correctly, no less.

Me paying attention would have saved a lot of headaches!
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