Nouns are words that refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept.

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Hypernym for “driver” and “passenger”

Is there a single word that covers any person who "rides" in a vehicle? Driver would refer only to the person driving the vehicle. Passenger can be used for everyone but not the driver. How to ...
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The rear compartment of a vehicle

Does anyone know if there is a word for the "rear compartment" of a vehicle? I'm talking about larger vehicles, trucks, jeeps, etc. In the particular case I'm dealing with, I'm translating a movie ...
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What is an agent noun that refers to a thing that applies? [on hold]

I am looking for a noun that represents a thing that applies. Some incorrect examples are "applier" and "applicator." Specifically, although it may be unimportant, this thing should be able to apply ...
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Can predicative complements not be bare noun phrases in English? That is, are clauses such as “I am student” incorrect?

In Chapter 4 of the book A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar, written by Rodney Huddleston of the University of Queensland and Geoffrey K. Pullum of the University of Edinburgh and published ...
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Why is it “corn is…” [closed]

An article of an object goes "a pea is..." Plural nouns: "potatoes are..." My problem is with words like corn, which is describing a class of things. Why is it "corn is?" How do I describe what ...
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Is there a term for nouns that describe the performance of a verb?

There are nouns that describe the performance of, or ability to perform a verb? E.g. perception / perceive communication / communicate collaboration / collaborate Is there a term for these nouns ...
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Which is the stronger name for a corporation? Brand A Tire or Brand A Tires? [closed]

Should a corporation's name be singular or plural? Using a singular term -tire- makes it less defined and more of an umbrella brand, while using the plural term - tires - is more specific. So, is ...
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When a title is used as a common noun, should it be capitalised?

In the company I work for, we have a process called an Engineering Request, the document produced as a result of following the process is also referred to as an Engineering Request. Typically, it's ...
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Would “mould” and “mud” be considered substances made up of parts?

Ignoring the difference in spelling between "mould" and "mold" for the moment, I need to categorise the following terms into "masses of substances" or "masses of substances made up of parts too ...
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Is “reign” a countable or uncountable noun?

I'm editing an advanced grammar text book and the author and I cannot decide on whether "reign" is an uncountable noun or not. The sentence is: With Mr Smith gone, her reign could begin. ...
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pattern to predict -ent vs -ant? [duplicate]

Is there any pattern to predict whether to use -ant or -ent, in words such as those below? abundant / attendant / arrogant VS abhorrent / absorbent / dependent I find -ent seems to be more common... ...
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What is the name for the “minor” house on a property

In my neighborhood, most yards have two houses: The major residence where the family lives (usually in the front), and then another house in the back. I thought the second house was called a "guest ...
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Can/Should an adjective and an attributive noun be used to modify the same noun?

I am writing a scientific thesis and wondering about the heading of one of the major parts. The part gives detailed information on experiments (experimental details) that were performed and ...
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What is a word for someone who enjoys discussions? [closed]

Someone who enjoys discussions could be described as?
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Word for a “cell” in a 3×3 matrix

In a 2×2 matrix the intersection of a single row and column can be referred to as a quadrant. Is there a corresponding or more general term for a 3×3 matrix?
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Name for first line of something

Is there a term for the first line of something, whether it's a poem, song, or prose? Addendum: Sometimes, though not always, the first line is the same as the title, such as in Walt Whitman’s poem ...
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Can one say that “sythesization is the process of creating a synthesis”

Synthesize is the verb form of synthesis. That is "to create a synthesis". Is it possible to create a noun again from Synthesize to name the process rather than the product.
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Verb and adjective usage

Since adjectives are used to describe nouns, can verbs be used to describe nouns as well? For example: Two men standing with clenched fists are US athletes. Here fist is a noun and to describe ...
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Verb and noun usage

Since all nouns can be used as verbs so can all the verbs be used as nouns ? Another query : Is there any sentence possible without a verb ?
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Words that act as both noun and verb

Can all the verbs act as noun and vice versa ?
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What do we call a word that is commonly used as noun but with a less common usage of verb?

For example, in most dictionaries the word "land" shows the noun usage as the 1st entry, and the verb usage as the 2nd. What do we call this kind of word?
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A eulogy for someone who isn't dead? [duplicate]

What's the word for speech that talks about someones achievements, their character etc, like you would in a eulogy, except they're not dead. For example, they might be receiving an award. What do ...
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Ache, 'Countable noun' or 'Uncountable noun'?

I can usually read the sentence like ' I have a headache.' But I think 'ache' is kind of the pain. We can't see the pain and touch the pain. Therefore, I think that it should be 'uncountable noun'. ...
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Hypernym for “business” and “private individual”

An example sentence: Whether, and how much VAT is collected depends on your _________ (private or business) and the country you are located in. Both formal and informal words are welcome. As ...
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“Bid” is to “counterbid” as “quote” is to what?

Bids and counterbids are relevant in auction scenarios. But generally, when a seller/service provider sends a quote to a customer, the customer tends to negotiate. What is the price that the customer ...
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Is the word 'group' singular or plural in sentence: “My group of tenth-graders is/are so well behaved?” [duplicate]

I have read similar questions on this forum and as per best of my knowledge it should be considered plural because it's referring to every student of class. I read this sentence in my grammar book: ...
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What is a gender neutral word to describe an individual? [duplicate]

Before I begin, I'd like to point out that my primary interests aren't actually in literature/linguistics, but within the domain of music. However, I have come accross a problem I feel is of much ...
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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verb, verb noun - structure

I would like to know the rule of this kind of structure and what is it called if it has a name. Example : others say that the students will take ethics seriously only if it is taught as a separate, ...
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Is “fish” starting to be treated as countable? [closed]

Recently, I've passed through a phrase "a fish" in several serious contemporary books on international politics. Is "fish" coming to be used as countable?
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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Is “banker friend” a noun adjunct, or something else?

Consider the sentence: I have a banker friend, and she says that interest rates are going up. Here a banker friend is being used to mean a friend who is a banker. Is there a name for this ...
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British and Canadian but not Coloradan?

In the May 11 issue of this year's New Yorker, the ever-excellent Atul Gawande wrote (emphasis mine): Among those which caught my eye: a British case report on the first 3-D-printed hip implanted ...
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word for “splitting time between various tasks”

What'd be a good word (noun) for "dividing one's time between various tasks"? E.g., when you refer to an employee that works on several projects in a given month, but not necessarily on more than one ...
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a noun meaning: “not received”

I want to write: Please ignore the message stating—noun form of not received—of the mail. What is a single word for the noun form of "not received"?
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What is the difference between “deterrent” and “deterrence”? [closed]

Can they be used interchangeably? Today I wrote "deterrences" but my spell checker underlines it. Did I use it wrong or is the plural simply missing here?
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“an alarm” vs “the alarm” [closed]

Which ones correct ? All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard an alarm. (or) All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard the alarm. I expect the second sentence to ...
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How to interpret and adjective followed by two nouns

Given the following sentence: Please input the path to the main plugin file How should it be read? I can think of two possible ways to interpret main plugin file: The most important file of ...
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Translation of a German word: “Gutmensch”

The word "Gutmensch" consists of gut = good Mensch = human Sounds like a compliment but actually the word is very insulting. It describes someone who (for example) is not able to take ...
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How may you call an object that is used for something other than its intended purpose? [duplicate]

If I was to use or misuse an object that is intended to fulfil a certain purpose for another purpose. For example the purpose of a chair is to sit on. But I can stand on it too. Of course it remains ...
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What is the word for nouns that used to be specific, but are now ambiguous? [duplicate]

I once discovered a word with a fascinating description but have forgotten it. The word refers to nouns that at one time meant something very specific, but would now be ambiguous and needs an ...
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What is the possessive form of Bliss as a proper noun? [duplicate]

My daughter is named Bliss. We want to know how to label things like "Bliss's Toy Box" or would it be "Blisses Toy Box" or "Bliss' Toy Box" as you can tell I'm quite confused... Help please :)
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How can nouns be used to modify adjectives?

I know you can "as a " after an adjective. Is there a way to use the noun like an adverb? My logic tells me that I'd need to add a suffix to make it an adjective ("-like", "-ish"). Then, I'd need ...
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Is there a way to noun a prepositional verb phrase?

I'm not precisely sure how to ask this. I can turn certain verb phrases into nouns, and they sound good. The major reason to do this would be facetiousness but the grammatical aspect intrigues me. ...
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Black and lab mouse - using coordinated adjectives and attributive nouns

Many nouns are used attributively. Is it correct to use them with actual adjectives by linking them with and? Some other examples I can think of are: Young and news reporter Cold and orange ...
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A noun meaning a consumer who bargains

Imagine you have a seller and a buyer who engage in bargaining at a market. Is there a one-word noun that describes a consumer who haggles (but not the seller)? I thought haggler, but that can be ...
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Can “above mentioned” be a noun?

The above mentioned regulations do not apply to the conditions defined here. Is it possible to use the phrase above mentioned as a noun with the definite article "the" in English? The above ...
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A word for a scrawny, ghastly but wise and academic or studious person

I'm looking for a word, not necessarily a direct “reverse dictionary” sort of word that has the definition above, but even a creative word that can describe, label, or represent that sort of person ...
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Use of the word “farewell”

If I use "farewell to headache" as a slogan, would it imply a statement similar to "relieves headache" or "treats headache"? or is there a contradiction in meaning that headache is a bad thing and you ...