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

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Usage of the noun suffix “-ment”

What is a good rule for the usage of the noun suffix -ment? Is desirement as acceptable as achievement?
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Books are made of paper. OR The book is made of paper [on hold]

Are there any differences between the above two sentences?
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Hypernym for “company”, “band” and “organization”

I'm making a website and I'd need a hypernym to refer to company/band(/artist)/organization, so I wouldn't have to use all the words every time. What would be a common one?
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How to describe humanities students in one word

In several languages, there is a specific, usually rather derogatory word for students of the humanities. Would it be necessary to stick to 'arts students' or 'humanities students' to point out these ...
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a word for “Time to self-destruct” [on hold]

Is there a word which means "It's time to self destruct"? I'm trying to write a program in which I have a method which is supposed to return me the time at which its suppoed to self destruct. I want ...
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“UET is engineering a stronger Pakistan”, is it correct to say so?

For a local festival, my university - UET - has written a sentence on the entering gate, that reads as "UET is engineering a stronger Pakistan" According to my knowledge, engine is a verb, and ...
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Meaning of “phoenix” in “Japan was a phoenix destroyed by the war”

An excerpt from the transcript of a lecture: And after that MacArthur stayed in Japan for six years working with the Emperor Hirohito and the new Japanese government, building its government and ...
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Tasks for tutorial class sessions, not at home

Writing worksheets for students at university, I'd like to distinguish tasks intended to be solved in tutorial classes from tasks intended as homework. What would be the appropriate term to refer to ...
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“Having to” usage

I am confused in the usage of "having to" in a sentence, mentioned below. Which one is correct/appropriate? The trouble is having to backup … or The trouble is in having to backup ...
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What nouns could symbolize a choice between 2 options?

I want to name a process that has exactly two possible paths. I'd like to give it a symbolic name. These concepts come to mind but I'm hoping to think of others: coin flip double-edged sword ...
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In the context of cooking, what is the difference between “flipper” and “spatula”?

I'm genuinely confused about this because at first I thought a spatula was a cooking tool resembling a flat pallet attached at an angle to the handle that could be used for activities such as flipping ...
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Slogan for a drapes manufacturer, which is correct? “Dressing the perfection” or “Dressing Perfection”?

I work at a factory that manufactures drapes and window treatments, and we hired a marketing team to revamp our corporate identity. The slogan they came up with is: "Dressing the Perfection" To me ...
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Verb mix-up in a sentence

I have this sentence, and I have a feeling that the verbs and subjects do not agree with each other, and it continues to bother me. How can I fix it? Furthermore, both mates in a couple could also ...
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Negative counterpart for the word “rave” in the sense “favorable criticism”

What is the one-word for a piece — art piece etc., maybe topic, subject — that has gained popularity through negative reviews or appraisals? In other words, I am looking for a one-word noun or ...
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Use “scope” to refer to a book's sections

I would like to know whether it is correct or not to use the word "scope" to refer to a book's section, subsection or paragraph. For instance We will address these matters in the next scope.
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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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What do you call the birthday of an organization?

I need a noun for the birthday of an organization. Thinking of something like "Declaration Day", "Foundation Day" but none really feel right.
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A gerund or use a regular noun?

Which one from the below is correct or more natural? One of my greatest strengths is critically analyzing. One of my greatest strengths is critical analyzing. One of my greatest ...
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Is there a word for exceptional writing?

Is there a word to describe the gift of exceptional writing? Or, what would you call someone whose writing is well above average?
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Word that means “tendency to avoid something”

I am looking for a word that means "tendency to avoid something". At first I thought that aversion fit the bill, but then I learned that it meant "a strong dislike towards something." For example, ...
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Word for people who live in the same city

What are the people who live in the same city are called? Any words for that? I want to use it in the following context: I and my ____ are happy.
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Irregular Plural with Plural Form

A couple weeks ago I was looking up a word in a dictionary at work when I found the word "deers" as the plural of deer. I thought it was weird/a misprint since the dictionary is kind of old, but it ...
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what's the word to describe work that is a waste of effort?

I am looking a word to describe projects, work that is insignificant? I can't remember that. It has to be just a word that describe "work that is a waste of effort".
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What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called ...
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“I'll have the Mesclun Salad,” please [duplicate]

"I'll have the Mesclun Salad, please." Note the capitals. This question concerns the definition of a proper noun and how context can subtly change this. Please refer to former question. It is a ...
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Word for a person who succumbed to their bad habits

I'm looking for a single English word that refers to: A person who has bad habits And used to do those bad habits Tried to escape them but then fell into them in perpetua I'm not sure if such a ...
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Why are knobs called “pots” by some sound designers?

I was recently introduced to the term "pots" to mean "dials" or "knobs" in the field of sound design and audio engineering. (It rather took me by surprise; I had no idea what the sound designer was ...
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Can a singular noun be used to represent a category of things in a sentence subject?

Specifically, in following sentences, which ones are correct? Elephants are huge. The elephant is huge. An elephant is huge. Elephant is huge. I think 1 and 2 above are correct, but how about 3 ...
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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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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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How often do people call friends “chum” so that you know they are not actually calling you “chump”?

I am not a native English speaker. If my schoolmate yells at me "Hey chum!", I wonder if they are actually calling me chum or chump. How often is chum being used to refer to friends instead of "Hey ...
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Is there a rule concerning nouns with foreign articles?

I'd like to know if there is a rule concerning the usage of "the" preceding nouns already including a foreign article. For instance, should a restaurant called "La trattoria" be referred to simply as ...
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Is there a word for “rule by criminals”?

Is there a word for "rule by criminals"? Not kleptocracy, which is rule by thieves, but more broadly by criminals.
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is it possible making plural of 'conceit'? [closed]

i think, 'conceit' means pride or something like this.then it is an abstract form.but i find a sentence as_their conceits are sometimes not based on wit.
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The equivalent to pluralising a word?

To turn "pencil" to "pencils" is to pluralise. To turn a verb into it's 'associated' (?) verb is what? Example: "Lease" to "leasing", "look" to "looking". Is there a word for this? Or are the two ...
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Why is “distro”, rather than “distri”, short for “distribution” in Linux world?

Why is distro, rather than distri, short for distribution in Linux world?
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Noun for someone fun and caring and compassionate

What is a noun for a person who is nice and caring and fun to be around (a noun to refer to the person, as in "Bob is a _____".
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Is it correct to write a noun once while listing two related (verbs) activities?

For instance, in the sentence: Without adding new items and modifying existing items. Would it be correct to completely remove the first reference to the noun items? as in: Without adding ...
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What's the difference between “selfkill” and “suicide”?

I think selfkill is often used in games and suicide in real life. Is that correct?
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What is the translation for French expression “fiche produit”

In production sector we talk about "fiche produit" to designate the document defining a product. I would like to know what the English translation for that is.
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Are there any terms equivalent to 'Americana' for other cultures?

Given the available definition of Americana as pertaining to "artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States", are ...
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Why is “rollback it” incorrect?

I recently wrote the following sentence: Please roll it back. But if I were to describe the action on its own I would say: This rollback was due to objections by the original author. If I ...
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Differences between “knowledge” and “experience”

Context: I'm exploring how people acquire, share and efficiently apply knowledge and experience; structuring my thoughts by writing axioms, propositions and formulae. When writing, I struggle with ...
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Aviation, what is the equivalent word for ships instead of aircraft?

From Dictionary.com: a·vi·a·tion noun the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft. military aircraft. If aviation is ...
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Expedience or Expediency

I have been using the word 'expedience' for years. Today I discovered that the oxford dictionary does not have this word. Instead it has 'expediency' for a noun.
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Is grownup, grown up, or grown-up the correct usage (as a noun)?

When used as a noun (meaning an adult), is "grownup", "grown up", or "grown-up" more appropriate?
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Is it grammatically sound to group nouns/verbs sharing a preposition that governs the same object using an “and” multiple times in one sentence?

For example, does the below sentence violate any grammar rules? "Global Connections" will be showcasing internship opportunities, job openings and training programs at, challenges and issues facing, ...
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Noun for somebody that is eloquent/a good public speaker?

What would you call somebody that has a strong way with words, especially in terms of public speaking?
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Can a female proprietor be called as “proprietor”?

I know the female version of proprietor can be called as proprietress or proprietrix. But I want to know whether a female proprietor can also be called a proprietor? Or does proprietor only indicate ...
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Does the word “God” in English imply that there is only one?

I know the word Allah in Arabic implies that there is only one. That's because Allah is either a name or a short form of Al Illah, literally meaning "the God". That depends on which muslim you ask, ...