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

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In terms of poetry, what is the Thomas code?

I was reading a book review of Wittgenstein's Mistress on goodreads, and I came across the sentence, "Without such accessible lecture notes, I may not have ever cracked the Thomas code and may never ...
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Debris “is” or “are” called toxins

"Debris are called toxins." In this sentence, should I use "is" or "are"? I understand "debris" is an uncountable noun, so normally I would use "is". But I am referring to different kinds of debris. ...
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Question regarding the usage of “the”

Recently I noticed that one of my foreign friends who is studying English is struggling with the usage of "the". An example of a mistake she makes is "I like to study the English too because it is ...
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Hyphenating “process” in the meaning “series of actions” in AmE

Where to break the word "process" at the end of a line in the meaning "a series of actions" in US English? Dictionaries disagree on this (or I am misinterpreting what they say): Merriam-Webster ...
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What should you call a whooping cough or a whoop-like cough and not have it confused with the disease?

How would you tell someone that you have a whooping cough but you don't have pertussis?
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The word for the tipping point. Point of change

Looking for the word that displays the point of change, the apex, that point or event that changed something it was the "" of the day, her thoughts, the game, etc.
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Any alternative for 'admirer?' [closed]

What do you call someone who is crushing on someone? A word for someone who has a romantic admiration for someone?
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Indefinite article with an abstract noun

I can't get how to use indefinite article with an abstract noun. I often see constructions like this one: indefinite article + adjective + abstract noun. I mean are there any rules when to use or not ...
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Noun for person being observed

I know that the person being interviewed is interviewee, but I cannot find the equivalent for the person being observed! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Using “One of the” with “Equipment” or similar mass nouns

As the question has stated, I am having a mild confusion regarding the mass nouns. Is: "Every equipment" correct? The same goes with "One of the equipment". Thank you very much.
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What is the English equivalent of gatasan?

It literally means to milk. It also means a dairy cow. It could be both a noun or verb. v. To use someone for the money he/she can give you. n. Someone (a girlfriend, husband) that you ...
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What do you call those small wooden footbridges over water?

Those planks or bamboo bridges you see in some resorts and some sea settlements in Asia?
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Difference in meaning: “diplomacy” and “foreign affairs”?

In a general context, is there any difference in meaning or tone between "diplomacy" and "foreign affairs"? Consider the following case. (at a speech) I will talk about effects the TPP (Trans Pacific ...
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Nearly substitutable word of hater [closed]

What do you call the person that hates woman? One day an adult male loved a woman but due to some misunderstandings she went unfaithful thenceforth he hates women. Now what would you call that type ...
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What do you call those films with nudity, if not pornographic scenes, but not marketed as porn? [closed]

Probably has the same audience as porn but instead has mainstream studio producers and full-length cinema release.
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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is ...
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The noun form of “well-defined”

What’s the noun of well-defined (meaning that something is defined well in a mathematical sense). Also, could you show me more examples of the same structure/principle (of transforming the adjective ...
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While all states face similar industrial waste problems

While all states face similar industrial waste problems, the predominating industries and the regulatory environment of the states obviously determines the types and amounts of waste produced, as well ...
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hiccup-like noise made while trying to speak when stabbed?

Say someone was stabbed and he bleeds but he remains conscious. Axiomatically if he were to speak he would speak with extreme difficulty. What do you call the hiccup-like noise/sound he makes while ...
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Place of verb + ing

The following sentence is subtitle in movie : They were the quintessential American couple, the future unfurling before them like some endless magic carpet. Here I think that this sentence is ...
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Which one is correct “ stomachache or stomachaches ”?

When I am talking to a group of students and l'm refering to each one which one is correct to say "1- Do you (plural pronoun)have a stomachache? or 2- Do you (plural pronoun)have stomachache? or 3- ...
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Nouns and Gerunds

Why does it sound 'right' to say - "Enjoy your reading", "Enjoy your fishing", "Enjoy your hunting" - but 'wrong' to say - "Enjoy your eating", "Enjoy your sleeping" ? Thanks in advance for the help. ...
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Is it prefered to use the noun repeatedly in a sentence, or should I refer to it as “it”. (like I just did)

For example, When I got to the store, the store was closed. When I got to the store, it was closed. Or I took a big gulp of water from my bottle, the water was cold in my mouth. I ...
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The teacher as well as the students are busy

As far as I know, the last noun determines whether "is" or "are" is to be used. I recently came to know that "are" is incorrectly used here. Could someone please explain why? Also, what's wrong in ...
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A word/phrase to express deep sadness at a friend or loved one's stupidity?

I'm looking for a way to describe the feeling you get when someone you care about is being aggressively, intractably, and willfully ignorant or stupid about something. It's something of a blend of ...
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Two ends of a street [duplicate]

I am not native English speaker. May I ask you a question. I want to make an appointment with my friend at one particular end of a street. In my language we use two words to differentiate the two ends ...
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Can there be “an” “endemic”? (Can “endemic” legitimately be used as a noun?)

A recent AMA headline shouts: "The Resident Depression Endemic---and Solutions Underway". Now, doctors are not known for their writing proficiency (self included here) but this seems to me to be a ...
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Term for someone receiving pastoral care

I'm currently writing a manual on pastoral care in a Church community. In our cultural context, we use the term "pastor" not only for the traditional role of a community leader but also for anyone ...
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what is a word for “multifaceted information”? [closed]

It can be said as either "multifaceted information" or "information in multi-dimensional form ." some times, people used to provide a wide variety of information in a single graph or figure. So, what ...
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Usage of “representation” in the sense of being part of a group

Is the following sentence correct and clear? "Elite universities in England are under constant scrutiny because of the low representation of certain population groups, particularly state-school ...
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I have good vision/sight/eyesight

In my language, Russian, there is only one variant to express the "abilty to see" in its common physiological sence. If I have a good ability (I am born with) I say: У меня хорошее зрение So ...
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Using “Hello, boys/girls/men/women” [migrated]

It appears to me that we say Hello, boys/girls to a group of boys/girls, but do not say Hello, men/women to a group of men/women. Is this the case in your particular variety of English? ...
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What is the plural of the abbreviation of “multiplicity automaton”, “MA” or “MAs”?

The "multiplicity automaton (MA)" is a model in compute science and its plural is "multiplicity automata". Should the plural of the abbreviation be MA or MAs? What is the correct way to pluralize ...
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“The” before adjectives

I'm a bit confused about this. Which example is the right one? From all the fellow writers, who was the best? From all fellow writers, who was the best? Is there a reason why "the" should be used ...
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When do you link composite words with dashes? (compounds)

In German (my mother tongue) it is very common to combine several nouns into a new word by linking them together with dashes. After a word has been established in German, you even see it getting ...
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Is there a general or collective term for a gathering that involves eating?

For example lunch, dinner, birthday part or food at a wake as opposed to a gathering not may or may not serve food and drink.
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What do you call a student who studies extra at home to become proficient?

What is the British English term for someone (a student) who goes home after classes and practices the lesson learned that day, or becomes proficient in the lesson taught? It is not a positive ...
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Somebody who comes up with an idea, but needs somebody else to create something from that idea

Here's the situation: Ideas come in two parts: seed and finalized. Some people can create many seed ideas but can't finish them. Some people can't create seed ideas, but can source seeds from ...
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Trampoline and stuff belonging to it

Can the word trampoline be used as a possessive noun? Kind of like, the trampoline's elasticity ? Or, ...belonged to the trampoline's frame... ? Got the doubt because my auto-correct ...
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“Reflect” as a noun

The song For Marlon by Soko has the lyrics And it's been raining for 3 days straight As a sad reflect of my sorry state Can you use reflect as a noun (instead of reflection) or is Soko ...
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What is more appropriate: “weekly meet” or “weekly meeting”? [closed]

We as a group meet once a week, for which we want to create an invite. For that meeting invite, we are confused whether it should be called: "weekly meeting" or "weekly meet".
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use of capital C in the word 'Century'

I know if you are referring to 'centuries' in general, you don't use a capital letter. I know that if you are talking about a particular century, like 'the 20th Century', it's a capital letter. If ...
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What is a word for loving sadness?

I need a word for a love of sadness. A quote from Because of Winn-Dixie, for the feel. "Melancholy," I repeated. I liked the way it sounded, like there was music hidden somewhere inside it. (Kate ...
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What's the boundary wall on/of a roof called?

I walked over to the boundary wall of the roof, determined to see over the edge. What word can I use instead of the phrase in bold? EDIT: When roofs DO have boundary walls, usually a few feet high, ...
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“Science committee” vs “Scientific committee”

Is Science Committee correct and/or more accurate than Scientific Committee? I'm in a committee at a science lab where we organize events to promote the research done in-house. The committee is a ...
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“You are set up” or “you are setup” [closed]

“you are set up” or “you are setup” Which of these forms is correct in the sense of “you (or your account) is ready” ?
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A noun to describe an intention not to use humor when not necessary [closed]

I am seeking a noun that would describe a person's attempt to refrain themselves from being "cool" in responding (perhaps to an email message), often contrary to their humorous nature - an intentional ...
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Same theme pictures( or paintings) merged

Is there an english word (substantive) that refers to a type of picture or painting where there are merged lot of pieces of a same theme? So far I found 'mural' and 'collage', but not sure if they ...
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Ambiguous meaning - two nouns in a row

I'm often confused by the meaning of two nouns in a row. Specifically, I came across this word in a TV show: Demon Hunter Without looking at the context of the show, I feel like this word can ...
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Capitalization of some common nouns in English texts

I’m a French web developer who translated a web site in English by a non-native but experienced English speaker (has lived in the US and UK for 15 years, worked in English for 20 years). I just ...