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Can “recount” in the sense of narrating a story be used as a noun?

I am starting to see the word "recount" used as a noun, even in the plural as "recounts", when the context makes it clear that this refers to the telling of a story (and definitely not something being ...
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103 views

“… is gift” vs. “… is a gift” [closed]

This is something that has always intrigued me. What part of speech is "gift" in Faith is gift. versus Faith is a gift. In the second case, "gift" is a noun, the subject complement of the ...
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426 views

Are collective nouns taught at school (and one has to learn them) or are they just a fun thing?

I speak English as a foreign language and find it unique in several aspects. One of them is the large number of collective nouns, especially for groups of birds. Such high degree of specificity ...
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4k views

Is “statistics” singular or plural?

Statistics shows that people are having fewer children these days! Statistics show that people are having fewer children these days! Which one is grammatical?
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51 views

“Huge potential profit” vs. “huge profit potential”

What is the proper usage — "huge potential profit" or "huge profit potential"?
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78 views

Is it correct to say “source to” instead of “source of”?

Is it correct use to as preposition in the following sentence? Books are the best source to knowledge. I have mostly seen of as being used with source, for example "source of knowledge". But I ...
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130 views

Is it grammatically incorrect to say that someone desires ambiguous brevity?

Brevity is a noun, is it not? So, ambiguous, being an adjective, should be able to modify it, correct? That was the first thought I had regarding the subject, but for some reason it just doesn't sound ...
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816 views

To work under the advisory of?

I want to describe my current research-assistant position saying that "I work under the advisory of John Green". Is this the correct way of saying that my advisor is John Green? If not, what is the ...
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What's the difference between an -ing noun and a real noun

Some verbs have corresponding nouns. Also, an '-ing' can be added to create a new noun. For example: Develop is a verb. Development is a noun. Developing is also a noun. So are the sentences ...
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Singular vs. Plural with Multiple Gerunds as Subject (IE: [Gerund] and [Gerund] are/is [something].)

I'm trying to find out whether I should use a singular or plural verb when there are multiple gerunds as the subject of the sentence. For example: Running the correct course and keeping a steady ...
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1answer
108 views

“Flatly denied that he had copied” vs. “flatly denied the charges that he had copied”

The student flatly denied that he had copied in the examination hall. The above sentence is not correct, I found that it must be "flatly denied the charges that". Am I thinking in the right ...
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Grammaticality of “a high number of”

Is the phrase "a high number of" considered correct? Or is it only correct to say "a large number of"? Example: Japan has a high number of active volcanoes.
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817 views

When ordering coffee, do you say “two milks” or “two milk”?

I've already searched the site if this question had been asked before however I didn't find anything related to my question. Every time I order coffee some people sort of correct me by saying 2 milks ...
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500 views

“Choices” vs. “options”

Are the two words synonyms? Is it grammatically correct to say "you have two choices, this or that?" Isn't that one choice? Should it not be "you have one choice, this or that" or "you have two ...
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874 views

Use of “frequency” in “decrease the frequency a customer makes purchases from the site”

This doesn't read well and I'm not sure if this is correct: Shipping fees can reduce the number of items a customer purchases, and they can decrease the frequency a customer makes purchases from ...
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1answer
94 views

Use of “guarantee” in “What is the guarantee that…”

A: Are you going to invest in that plan? B: I dont think so, it seems confusing and vague to me. What is the guarantee that my money will not be lost? Is guarantee okay here? If not, what other ...
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149 views

Using the word “deadbeat” as an adjective

BBC quotes President Obama: America is "not a deadbeat nation", US President Barack Obama has said, as he warned Republicans unconditionally to approve a rise in the US debt ceiling. It appears ...
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1answer
69 views

“To consolidate cost”

Is it correct to use the expression "consolidate cost" when you add cost figures in a specific period of time? The context is a description of what a piece of code is doing: consolidate cost over ...
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1answer
1k views

What is the appropriate usage of “attentions”?

I recently wondered what the difference between attention and attentions was, as I've heard both, but couldn't think of or remember when someone would use attentions. One definition for attentions ...
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451 views

“I am angry to die” or “I am angry to death”

I want to say that I may die because I am angry. Can I say "I am angry to die" or "I am angry to death" to express the above?
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161 views

When to put a verb ahead of its doer?

I have read this at the Science.com, and it's in the second line of the last paragraph. A bow and arrow or an atlatl allows users to attack prey—and enemies—from a safer distance than does an ...
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245 views

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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923 views

Should the word “commission” be used in singular or plural in these cases?

I don't know what would be grammatically correct, commission or commissions, in the following sentences: We will pay you commission(s) for each client you refer to us. You can track your ...
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1answer
178 views

“Accountability over” or “accountability for”?

I want to talk about "teacher accountability __ their work within the classroom". I'm not sure which preposition follows accountability, for or over. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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1answer
285 views

What articles can I use with “maximum/minimum [noun]”?

There's a short piece of text whose heading is as follows: Maximum variability and openness The variability and openness should refer to the features of an application. Which article ...
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635 views

Is it grammatical to say “the batmen”?

As far as I know, the five actors to have played the role of Batman in films are Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale. Is it grammatical to call them "the batmen"? ...
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3answers
593 views

Meaning of “classes meet at their regular times”

Classes meet at their regular times, and we're able to attend as many (or as few) as we want. — Source Does classes in this sentence refer to groups of students or different lessons such as art ...
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79 views

“Replacing variables with their equivalence classes” vs. “… with their equivalence class”

In my thesis I have the following sentence: One can construct a new query by replacing all the variables in Q with their equivalence classes. I doubt that this sentence is grammatically correct, ...
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2answers
129 views

“… the top ten issues that the voting public care about” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Is “staff” plural? This feels wrong to me (sounds like it should be cares) but issues is plural and in ...
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2answers
638 views

“Change their positions” vs. “change their position” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Those who qualify will be awarded a certificate” or “those who qualify will be awarded certificates”? “On their back” or “on their ...
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6answers
875 views

“Do a shop” for “go shopping”

This has puzzled me for a few years now. When preceded by 'a', shop becomes a noun. Does "do a shop" even make sense then? The correct phrase for me was always "go shopping", or similar. Can ...
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2answers
352 views

“Time elapsed” or “elapsed time” [closed]

In a document I have a plot where one of the labels represents the total time taken for the process to complete. Should I label it as "Elapsed Time" or "Time Elapsed"? Which one is correct?
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3answers
6k views

“Success” or “successes”

Which is correct? The newspaper described the success of people like Bob and Joe. The newspaper described the successes of people like Bob and Joe.
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4answers
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“Tip” or “tips” of your fingers?

Which of the following is correct and why? opportunity at the tips of her fingers opportunity at the tip of her fingers The former seems correct to me, but I don’t entirely understand why.
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2answers
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“Conformity” vs. “conformance”

I am curious about the differences in meaning, connotations, style, and correctness of using conformity vs conformance. I haven't been able to find much using a simple web search, only a single ...
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2answers
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“On the one/other hand” vs. “on the one/other side”

There are two slightly different expressions which do mean the exact same thing, these are: On the one hand [...]. on the other hand [...] On the one side [...]. on the other side [...] ...
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347 views

Give Signs Of Uncertainty

The project gives signs of too much uncertainty. The project gives too much uncertainty. If I am trying to use sense 5c of this dictionary, would one of the sentences above be wrong? ...
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154 views

“Separate procedures for every combination” vs. “a separate procedure for every combination”

Which form of this sentence is correct and why? Therefore, in a real life system with multiple source and output data formats, separate procedures would have to be written for every ...
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228 views

Is this the correct usage of the word “Poultry”?

Poultry has given him great profit. Is this sentence grammatically correct? What do you think is the correct use if this isn't correct.
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“Invite” vs. “invitation”

I hear a lot of people saying "Send me an invite". I always thought that it was an 'invitation'. Is "sending one an invite" accepted usage? Or is it incorrect? If I need to get my wedding invitation ...
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2answers
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Which is correct: “another think coming” or “another thing coming”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the origin of the phrase “you've got another thing/think coming”? Which is correct: "another think coming" or "another thing coming"? I have ...
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151 views

“That's the idea that someone does” vs. “it has the idea of someone does”

I'm trying to explain what something means. Is it correct to express that using the word "idea" as follows? He pulls up next to him. To pull up (pause). That's the idea that someone does X. ...
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1answer
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Is “cattle herds” grammatical? [closed]

I know that "a herd of cattle" and "many herds of cattle" are correct, but what about "cattle herds"? For example, We drove by cattle herds. Is that grammatical?
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“The contents of the cereal box” — singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “The contents are” or “the contents is” Which is correct? The contents of the cereal box is distributed among the children. The contents ...
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“adapt the discussion to suit your own needs” <- correct? [closed]

Consider this: The theory above was put forward in the most general way possible. You should adapt the discussion to suit your own needs. Is the phrase “you should adapt the discussion to suit ...
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Past participle after noun: “proposed cost” vs. “cost proposed”

I have the following two examples: Our proposed cost is expensive. Our cost proposed is expensive. Is there any difference between them? Or is the second sentence wrong?
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9k views

“Our end” vs. “our side”

Which is correct when writing emails? Everything is fine at our/your end. Everything is fine at our/your side.
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4answers
2k views

“Reveal” vs. “revelation” as nouns

I just posed this question on sci-fi.stackexchange and had my wording corrected from reveal to revelation. I realise that to have said that too early in the film would have ruined the big reveal. ...
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“For both our sake” or “for both our sakes”

Should sake be pluralized in this usage? For both our sake, I'm going to leave now. For both our sakes, I'm going to leave now.
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151 views

Can “few” be used as a substantive?

I feel doubts regarding the usage of few as a substantive. The sentence is: "Both kinds of literature are the product of the academic few." Is this correct? Now I want to place the adjective ...