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An *agent noun* is a noun which identifies the performer of an action, typically derived from the verb for that action. For example, a *writer* is one who *writes*; *writer* is the agent noun.

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Is there a named category for nouns that are not 'agent nouns'?

Please note that this question is not about the 'opposite' of an agent noun, or the 'passive noun' corresponding to an agent noun. My question is: if we could split the set of all nouns into two ...
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Term for someone who lost something [duplicate]

Is there any specific term for someone who has lost something? The person who finds something can be called a finder but what about the person who has lost something? What should the appropriate term ...
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Resident advisor: an advisor who resides or someone who advises residents?

Google assures me that there's a position at various postsecondary institutions called "resident assistant", "resident advisor", or "resident adviser". This is a student who lives in a dormitory and ...
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What's a single word to name a person/entity that determines?

I am looking for a single word (noun) describing a person or any other entity that determines something. For example: John determines next year goals for his employees. John is a ... of employee ...
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“Created” is to “creator”, and “updated” to “editor”, as “deleted” is to what agent noun?

I'm modeling a database and I have these three fields (among others): created_by, updated_by, and deleted_by. I'm using author as an alias for "created_by", and editor as an alias for ...
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Difference between the use of “supplier”, “vendor”, “provider”

Which is the difference between the use of supplier, vendor, provider? The way I see it, they are complete synonyms. Am I right?
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Agents based or Agent-based? [duplicate]

Which of the following 3 options is the right one ? Agent based routing Agents based routing Agent-based routing ? (there are more than only one agent, if that matters) Thanks
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What is a person who hallucinates called? [closed]

What do you call a person who sees illusions or hallucinates? Crazy? Hallucinator? (Is this even a word?) Insane? Freak? Something else?
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What word would best be used to describe an entity that “cancels” something?

I am writing some code for an application that initiates an asynchronous action and returns an object that can be used to cancel the action before completion. However, I am having difficulty naming ...
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Is there a word for something that gets “acted upon”?

For instance, say I have two individuals and one is active, the other passive. I know I can call the active person the "actor"—he "acts upon" the passive person. But what do I call the "acted upon"? ...
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A word for “one who tames wild animals”

I want to know a single word that conveys this meaning "one who tames wild animals".
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Forming occupational nouns: Why do you say “butcher” and not “butchian” or “butchor”?

Question: Occupational nouns (butcher, sailor, musician, etc.) have various suffixes in English (er, or, ee, ant, etc.). Is there a set of rules to form occupational nouns from the verbs or their ...
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How can one determine if the opposite of an agent noun exists?

We know that the employer employs the employee and that the tutor tutors the tutee, but how do we know if the shooter shot the shootee? Is there a simple way to determine if an agent noun can be made ...
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What is the opposite of an agent noun?

Is there a simple phrase to describe the object of an agent noun performing an action? The adviser helped the advisee. The employer fired the employee. Is there a phrase similar to "agent ...
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“Improviser” or “improvisor”?

I'm trying to determine whether I should use the ~er suffix or the ~or suffix for a person who improvises. What I've learned on the web is that technically one should say "improvisor". The ~or suffix ...