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  1. Used to form abstract nouns that often denote a state, condition, or quality.
    Beauty: The quality of being pleasing to the senses..
    Generosity: The state of being generous or giving.
    Purity: The state of being pure or uncontaminated.
  2. Used to form a countable noun from an adjective, referring to someone or something that conforms to the adjective's description.
    Oddity: an odd or strange thing or opinion; a strange person.
  3. Used to form other nouns, especially abstract nouns.