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

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Word like “sirsee” for an unexpected, usually small, gift?

Throughout our marriage, my wife would occasionally come in from shopping and hand me a bag containing an unexpected gift...anything from a small bag of candy to a shirt. When I'd ask why she got ...
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Usage of definite articles in noun phrases

I am writing a research paper and English is my second language. I am fully confused with the usage of a/an/the in the noun phrases with the structure (noun of noun). for example, consider this ...
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Countable and uncountable in one word?

[original question] Does exist words as countable and as uncountable noun at once? Are there any nouns that are both countable and uncountable? Are there any words which are uncountable and ...
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Is there a word for the spot between the two eyebrows?

Is there a word for the spot between the two eyebrows (right above the nose, but below the forehead)? Thank you
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What types of words/phrases are “this” “here” & “they”?

I'm currently doing an analytic essay on my drama coursework (fun.). I'd like to explain how the playwright never reveals the exact setting of the act, by using only phrases such as "this","here", and ...
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Word for a owing a free pass on withholding judgement

The word is on the tip of my tongue and I'm pretty sure it ends with "ie or y." The idea is a friend had a gracious attitude when I did something stupid, so now I want to return the favor. So I want ...
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Revolutioner vs Revolutionist: which is better?

Both words can be found in a dictionary and have the same meaning. My question is: is any one better than the other in any way? Is one more fitting in certain scenarios? I think revolutionist sounds ...
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How would you dissect this sentence [on hold]

How would you dissect the phrase Happy Valentine's Day
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What do you call a person who makes a tender? [on hold]

I am writing a document and need to find the word to describe a person who makes a tender. Would it be "the successful tenderers...". I expect there is an apostrophe somewhere but I'm not sure.
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Can overweight be used as a noun? [closed]

Can you use 'overweight' as a noun? I've always seen it as an adjective.
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Is there a noun representing books, papers, magazines, and all the other things one might read?

I'm looking for a single word which would represent all of the things that one might read, such as books, academic papers, magazines, or even online articles if possible. The only thing that comes to ...
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Difference between 'mistake', 'fault', 'wrong' and 'error'? [closed]

I want to know the difference ,in usage, between mistake, fault, wrong and error?
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Difference between “site”, “place”, “position”, “situation” and “location”? [closed]

What would be the difference between site, place, position, situation and location ?
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Difference between “marque”, “make”, “mark” and “brand”? [closed]

What would be the difference between marque, make, mark and brand?
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Difference between “persona”, “personality” and “character”? [on hold]

What would be the difference between persona, personality and character? _ I love him so much as he has a great ( persona - personality - character )
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Difference between usage of 'to' and 'of'

What is the difference between the right to freedom of speech and the right of freedom of speech? Secondly, since in India this right is a provision mentioned in the Constitution, while writing it ...
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English term for aggressive street seller?

Is there an English term for the type of street seller who aggressively sells his products? The type who yell after you and may follow you as you walk down the street?
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How can I prove a word is a noun?

When I read a sentence, I can identify nouns. But now I need to give proof that they are indeed nouns, and that is where it goes wrong. I can think of one or two things sometimes (like combining it ...
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Receiver of a shared file

What noun describes the person that is the receiver of a shared item? The person that shares the item is the "Sharer", the receiver is the "Sharee"? (I know I can't use this word, it means something ...
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Can I use the plural form when stating the possession of just one item?

If I want to say I have something without emphasis on the quantity, are both of these sentences ok? I have an apple. I have apples. (I may just have one apple.)
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Why some verbs have their nouns form exactly like them while the others are not?

From the “Start from the beginning” vs “begin from the starting” question in ell.SE, user δοῦλος has explained that the noun form of begin is beginning, while the noun form of start is still start. ...
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Sound distortion from microphone or amplifier etc. - what do we call it?

I live near a temple and during the morning prayer, more often than not, the loudspeaker would produce a jarring sound. Is there a single word for the sound distortion from micrphone or amplifier. ...
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How to name non-web software? [duplicate]

I am writing an article that is focus on websites and web applications. I also need to refer to the rest software products. But I don't know how to properly name them. I could say "non-web software", ...
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Changing a person's name into an adjective

What do you call it when a person's name or group's name is changed into a adjective? Is it "conversion" or "functional shift"? For instance, saying a band's music is "Beatlesque" or that someone's ...
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Nouns that describe actions but are not verb nouns

So I had a little semantics argument where the other side claims, let me quote: They are one in the same, every action is a verb, every verb is an action. I disagree, but not being a native ...
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a word that is commonly used as either an adjective or a noun [closed]

I'm trying to come up with some sort of play on word, but for that I need a common word that can be used as either a noun or an adjective. here is what I am trying to write: you are a little [word] ...
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What is a word that means an instance of a game?

For example, Monopoly is a game, and I own a copy of it. When I am playing it, I am playing a what of Monopoly? I'm looking for a word that highlights that the game is in progress and differentiates ...
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“A group leader” or “the group leader”?

When I have an expression comprising two nouns does the article (a/an/the) refer to the first or to the second one? E.g. when talking about some group (we introduced it, there's only one), we would ...
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“concession” in “concession of something due”

I have trouble construing the meaning of this sentence: "claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right" [[from Merriam-Webster Online ...
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Is it appropriate to use “reunion” for meeting only one person after a long time? If not, what's the alternative?

I met a childhood friend after over 15 years. It was myself, my spouse (who had never met the friend), and this friend. Would I use reunion for this situation, as it always makes me feel it's for a ...
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What do you call someone who calculates all their actions based on the future outcome and neglects the present usefulness?

There are some individuals, when they want to buy something like an automobile or home or similar things think about the future market for selling it, and neglect its present advantages and ...
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“of the” vs noun adjunct

Please note: This may be a complex question, references would be great, search engines do not help with "of the". Looks like we can remove the use of "of the" with a noun adjunct switching the order ...
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What do we call a doctor's prediction

Say my doctor tells me that my grandfather has only a few months to live. What do we call such a prediction based on a medical condition?
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The fact that something lasts or will last a lot of time

I'm looking for a single word that expresses the fact that something lasts through the passing of years, decades, centuries. What would be a word that describes the art of lasting? From my mother ...
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Synonym for the word helpful or caring [closed]

I host international students and am always helping others. Whats a good word to express my desire to help others? I want a japanese tattoo with a powerful word but dont know what to use that relates ...
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Transforming words as in CAE tests (Cambridge Advanced English)

I am doing a Cambridge Advanced English test this weekend. The free online test they provide online lets you transform words like this, from nouns to verbs to adjectives, back and forth. • Come ...
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A word to describe a crafty person who always manages to get his own way or turn things to his own advantage [closed]

The word I'm looking for is a noun. It should be a single word, and fit here: "Jimmy is really a ............ Even after all his shenanigans were made public, he still got the committee to support ...
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A noun: the tool to fix neck in the neck sprain treatment

What is the tool to fix one's neck in a neck sprain treatment? It could be soft or hard, in plastic. I did a web search for neck fixture, but it turned out to be a component of a lamp.
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What do we call the light disturbance around a lamp?

When a lamp or other luminous object is very bright, we cannot see clearly the things close to it. What we see is a whitish region that surrounds it. What do we call this? (Is it a perception or a ...
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What do you call someone that believes he is the only living being?

What do you call someone that believes he is actually the only living being and that everyone and everything that exist (besides him self) is a state of his own mind? I am not referring to a ...
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Two good things put together create a bad thing

I had this word as a vocabulary word in jr high I think. The definition is things that are good individually but bad when put together. I cannot think of the word! The example was ketchup and ice ...
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Are “caw” or “squawk” countable nouns?

So both "caw" and "squawk" are "a harsh noise made by a bird". Are these two words countable or uncountable? For example, which of the following two is more correct? All night I heard the caw of ...
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Looking for a word for a slavery “contract”

Suppose a person is forced by law to serve a fixed time as a slave, before they are granted freedom. What would you call this arrangement? It's not a contract or an agreement, because the slave does ...
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Can context change a common noun into a proper noun?

Here is an excerpt from a poem: "The chrysanthemum with its leaves will wither" The poem in question uses the terms "chrysanthemum" and "leaves" to refer to two specific months. The chrysanthemum ...
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What do you call one who has been challenged? [duplicate]

How should I refer to one who has been challenged? One who offers a challenge is a "challenger," but what would be the appropriate term for the person who receives the challenge?
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can someone tell me if i am right in identifying the odd word out from these group of words? [closed]

a) taken WENT seen forgotten--- because the rest are verbs b) bright EARLY good some------because the rest are adjectives ??? c) NEVER but unless ...
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one of my “innovations” or “innovation”? [closed]

I'm puzzled by checking the Oxford Dictionaries http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/innovation. If I want to say "introducing one of my innovations", can I use the word "innovation" ...
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What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?

Recently I was trying to explain the Dutch word gracht to a friend and I found myself needing a general word for a unit of architecture which joins two places together. I thought about "route", but ...
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Can “safer” be used as a noun?

The word "safer" can refer to several different meanings such as well-being, which would usually be placed as an adjective. It is similarly associated with being cautious, trustworthy, or reliable as ...
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expressions using body parts

'Hands' of a clock, 'Arms' of a chair, 'Nose' of a plane, 'Mouth' of a river. In these expressions human body parts are used.What are such expressions called?