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ABSTRACT NOUNS denote things that are not concrete. We can think of an abstract noun as being similar to an abstract painting. Both abstract nouns and abstract art represent ideas instead of concrete objects.

"Decent education still remains a privilege of the rich, not a right for everyone."

Such nouns as education, success, experience, etc. are all general concepts. However, when an abstract noun is used in a more specific meaning, it becomes not easy to determine if it is abstract or concrete any longer. 

"I'm just trying to get my daughter a decent education."

That is why, uncountable forms of many abstract nouns have more general meanings, whereas their countable forms have more particular meanings: a decent education, a relevant experience, an overwhelming success, etc.

"The policy is already proving an overwhelming success." 

For example, EDUCATION is uncountable when it refers to a general concept, and countable when it refers to a specific experience of learning.

"Education begins at home." (the concept of education in general)
"She had a very expensive education at a private school." (the time a person spent at school, a specific entity that is not abstract any longer)

It is usually countable in a phrase "have/get an education".

"He wants his children to have a good education."
"The applicants had comparable educations."

It is also countable for a program of a specified kind or level (a college education), or when it refers to an instructive or enlightening experience.

"Her work in an animal shelter was a real education."
"She was the first in her family to enjoy the privilege of a university education."

EXPERIENCE is uncountable when it refers to knowledge or skill of a subject or event, etc., gained through involvement in or exposure to it. It is countable when it refers to a particular incident, event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone.

"I had many horrifying experiences as a pilot."
"This position requires a lot of experience."

SUCCESS is uncountable when it refers to favorable or desired outcome, the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, victory, triumph, etc.

"He tried, albeit without success."
"I'm not having much success in my career at the moment."

It is countable when it refers to a specific person or thing that succeeds in a particular situation; a specific performance or achievement marked by success.

"She was a great success on the talk show."
"The show was an instant success."

If we return to the comparison of abstract nouns to abstract art, we can see that it would be difficult to paint abstract concepts like education, experience or success. We might be able to paint something that represents a specific education, experience or success, though.

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