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

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Is “He has/owns many businesses” correct?

Business is an uncountable noun,so shouldn't much be used in place of many? Is this correct or not "He has/owns many businesses"?
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What do you call an object inserted between two pieces (of bone)

Imagine someone has a broken bone and after removing any slivers there is a void between the two bone fragments. In order to assure that the bone grows back correctly, a piece is inserted between the ...
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Fictional vs. Fiction

I apologize in advance if my question has been asked before: there's this club I know called the "Fiction Film Club", and while I know it's used here to specify what kind of film and that sometimes ...
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Is the phrase “horizon road” grammatically correct?

Is the phrase "horizon road" grammatically correct, and if so, is it equal to "road to horizon"?
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Is it grammatically incorrect to split two separate items as adj1, or adj2, noun? For example: adj1, or adj2, n = adj1 n and adj2 n

I'm writing some content and a coworker stated that the following was incorrect: You have the option to use the red, or green, ball. or should I be saying: You have the option to use the red ball ...
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What is the difference between “poverty” and “poorness”?

What's the subtle difference? I'm not very good with grammar...
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Is there a single word noun describing contact details - email, phone, sms, etc

I am looking for a (preferably) single plural word that describes one ore more pieces of contact information of various types (email, phone, sms, etc.) that belong to an individual. The term ...
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Hypernym for different time sections of a day [duplicate]

In a day, we have different names for different times of it. For example, morning, afternoon, night, evening, noon. I need a hypernym for them all. What word should I use?
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Meaning of a verb without much context [on hold]

If I were to state "I'd like to race a car." with no other context before or after, would that imply that I want to race in a car or that I want to race against one?
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Is headcanon a legitimate word?

I've seen this in use in multiple locations across the interwebs. For instance: My headcanon has always been that physical aging in a Time Lord is a direct product of stress. The definition from ...
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How to use “in” or “on” with nouns and names [closed]

There are many examples here to use "in" and "on" but I have this basic question that I can't get cleared at all. And my examples are the following: With a noun "Always in the pursuit of the ...
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What do you call a provider who works on a offshore outsourced project?

I just started working online and I want to know the proper term (noun) for that kind of worker. I work for a foreign company from home. They pay me monthly as a full time employee and we have a long ...
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Why is Lord Alfred Tennyson often written as Alfred Lord Tennyson?

Why is Lord Alfred Tennyson often written as Alfred Lord Tennyson? This occurs with and without a comma after Alfred: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Should Lord precede the entire ...
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Is “soliciting” in the example sentence an adjective or a noun? [closed]

In the following sentence, I would like to understand if the word "soliciting" is a noun or an adjective. "Is my reluctance that soliciting?" Here, the word "soliciting" appears to be a kind of ...
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How can I fix this paragraph's grammar and punctuation? [closed]

I am writing an essay so I am trying to fix my mistakes. However one of the the definition of adventure in noun format is ”an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or ...
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What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?

I know that there is a word which specifically describes the following pattern: When a group will censor, cast bad votes, shout down, keep down or hold back one of its members trying to rise above ...
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Why “thanks” Can Never Be Singular as a Noun?

While looking at the part of speech of the noun "thanks" in an online dictionary I noticed that it was a plural noun and wondered if it could be used in singular form. Glancing at the origin it ...
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Can you say “a lot of variety”?

I just want to know whether this sentence is correct: "method A introduces a lot of variety in the structure of X"
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Is there a form and/or synonym of the gerund “spelling” that can be put into an adverb position such as that of “grammatically”?

That is, how would I go about converting the word "spelling" (as in the spelling of a word) to an adverb that actually sounds right in the blank of "_____-inept"? I'm pretty sure "spellingly" isn't a ...
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What does “the must of dried leaves” mean? [closed]

Can I say "must" here, means smell? . . . the smell of the air that day: piñon burning somewhere in the distance, the must of dried leaves, the lingering smoke of a campfire clinging to his ...
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Noun for someone with a childlike heart (positive)

What noun could be used to describe someone ingenuous, innocent, with a child like heart?
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Better names for single component and composite component

We are developing an equipment system which basically tracks every single component used in bigger structures for a certain industry. We are distinguishing between single components and composite ...
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Hypernym for “for sale”, “for rent”, etc

What do you call the category whose members include "For Sale," "For Rent," "For Lease," etc.? To put it another way, how would you fill in the blank: When we see a signage for an apartment for ...
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Is “myriad” not prevalent in “day to day speech”? [duplicate]

I have noticed people using "myriad" when they mean "uncountable" or simply many. Is "Myriad" not prevalent in "day to day speech Can it be used for definite but large amount of anything.
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Adjectival noun - singular or plural or both?

If I intend to use a noun as an adjective, can I use the noun both in plural and singular form? e.g. "noun modifier", "Bacon Batch", "A news reporter", "Sports center", "email address" My feeling is ...
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Something that has dependencies is a

As is often the case, I got stuck while programming because I couldnt' find the right name for a variable. I want to write an interface for a class that has dependencies, but I'm unsure about how to ...
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is lots or are lots [duplicate]

I've been following the "lot/lots" discussion with regards to singular or plural nouns, but my confusion in listening to English reporters/newscasters/journalists comes when they use "is" instead of ...
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Could the “pseudo” adverbial phrases modify the real adverbial phrases?

1)A woman fell 50 feet down a cliff. 2)The project was finished 10 days ahead of the schedule. 3)Emma is 10 years older than Sophie. 4)I finished the project 10 days ago. 1)50 feet/10 days/10 ...
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What's a word for a statement that's not quite factual?

What's a word for a statement that's not quite factual? Not quite a myth, but not quite a fact either. Like "truthy" but not an adjective? For example, "scientists are still looking for the missing ...
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devote herself to caring for poor people vs. devote herself to care for poor people [duplicate]

I came across the following multiple-choice question: She devoted herself to ( ) for poor people. The choices are: caring care be caring have cared As the preposition "to" can be ...
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Criteria is plural, of course, but

I know that criteria is plural, but I am trying to explain a situation in which possibly the set of criterion should be considered singular. In this situation, the set of criterion, called Criteria ...
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what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist [closed]

what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist (like community or capital)?... words for which a benign goodness is assumed and no pernicious alternative exists
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what is “a frog on the sly”

there is a cartoon about one old lady who swallowed a fly. in one moment the cat says: "And she had a frog on the sly" What does it mean?
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What does the word “phink” in the pink panther cartoon mean?

What does the word "phink" in the pink panther cartoon mean? It's in the title of the episode where the panther and a painter try to repaint a house: The Pink Phink.
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Can you use a plural of Life as Life's when using as “Life's Boat” or “Life's Boat's” [duplicate]

Hi I am trying to understand the if it is ever possible to use Life's. I know technically the plural for the word life is Lives but I am still curious. Sorry maybe I am not to clear on it. I would ...
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What is the noun for “encoding”?

I am currently writing a paper about how neurons encode a stimuli. We would like a noun for the process of encoding, something like "encodement". However, I am not sure whether this is the best ...
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a path to v+ing / a path to + verb

which one is grammatically correct an auspicious path to fighting against rape. an auspicious path to fight rape. or maybe an auspicious path towards the fight against rape
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What are the Names of the People in a Quest? [closed]

In business there is an employer who pays an employee to work. In quests, what is the word for the person who issues the quest? And what is the name of the person who goes on the quest? (Questor ...
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What is the masculine equivalent for a bus matron?

Is there a masculine equivalent for matron (as a bus matron)?
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PP in NP: complements or adjuncts?

Can you help me to find what function/relation these components(italicised) hold to the head noun(bold-faced)? the benefit of running 5k everyday the results of being a single mom Are they ...
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Usage of the noun 'news'

I would like to ask you a question concerning the noun 'news'. I am aware that as an uncountable noun, it is, thus, not possible to use the indefinite article preceding it. I am a bit unsure, ...
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Possessive of “it” when used as a noun to name itself [closed]

When speaking of the word "it", "it" is a noun and can double as a pronoun for itself. For example, I can say something like the following: It's first letter is an i. Its second letter is a t. ...
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Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination

In Polish there's a word Kunktatorstwo - trying to achieve own goals through delaying action, e.g. by making the opponent run out of time, making them tire out from keeping their defenses up, or ...
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What is the term for a word that has come to mean the opposite of its orignal meaning? [duplicate]

What is the term for a word that has come to mean the opposite of its original meaning"
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Uncommon Term for an Excellent Orator?

I'm looking for an uncommon term for an excellent orator that doesn’t include adjectives such as “good” or “excellent,” or the noun “orator.” I've googled this request but haven't encountered anything ...
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Is there any word for a person who doesn't want to connect with others? [closed]

What is a word to say someone who doesn't want to connect any person?
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what does “to walk at grade” mean?

"John was walking at grade and slipped on a patch of ice. When John slipped he did not fall to grade as he caught himself with his right hand [...]" Does "at grade" mean "on an uneven/inclined ...
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What Do You Call It when a Noun is Used as a Verb?

Like "Petition": I signed a 'petition,' and carried it onward to 'petition' for support of lower wages & more suffering etc.
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Can a (compound) adjective stand for a plural noun?

Does the following sentence make sense? Computers take key role at the two middle stages of the previously-listed. (Previously a process has been discussed with six different stages, so ...
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Are these the correct nouns? “… responsibilities consisted of ensuring continuity of reception and in-house mail services.”

"... responsibilities consisted of ensuring continuity of reception and in-house mail services." Is it "continuity" or "continuation"? Is it "reception service" or "receptionist service"?