What are some common nonliving things?


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A nonliving thing is an object that is not currently alive and has never been alive, such as a sheet of glass, a rock, sand, a sofa or a watch. Nonliving things do not express all of the seven characteristics of living things, although they may express one or two.

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To be classified as a living thing, an organism must intake energy from its surrounding environment through feeding or other processes, demonstrate internal or external movement, excrete waste, breathe or engage in some form of respiration, grow, have reproductive capabilities and respond to external stimuli. Nonliving things often have one or more of these qualities. For example, an air conditioning unit expels waste when it is working properly, but it is not a living organism.

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