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

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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 ...
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Word that for nouns that are a continuous quantity (as opposed to discrete)

I'm looking for the name for the class of nouns that describe things whose quantity is continuous rather than discrete. For example, "cream", "water", "fire" are all nouns in this set. In contrast, ...
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Is there a defined difference between the word “policy” and the phrase “policy measure”

I've seen a lot of things crop up talking about "policy measures" recently. I've even caught myself about to use (or misuse) it . But does it mean anything unique, or is it just a redundant way of ...
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Word for numeric value that is not necessarily the result of a measuring process [closed]

I have the phrase “mechanical properties measurement” and am looking for a good replacement for measurement that would not imply a measuring process, as the "measurement" in question is simply a ...
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Hypernym for “audio podcast”, “radio drama”, and “audiobook”

I'm setting up my media library to contain music, movies, shows, audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks. I would like audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks to be in the same category, ...
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Me and my ancestors - single word

I'd like to find a single noun that relates to me and which corresponds to the list of people including me and each of my ancestors. I've already rejected the following words: genealogy : means a ...
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Should a noun come before or after someone's name?

How can I use a noun as an adjective before a name? Would it be Publisher Jack or Jack Publisher?
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“His dishonesty” vs “His being dishonest”

My question is - which of the two phrases above sound better/worse? His dishonesty OR His being dishonest Actually, the question is not only about this particular noun/adjective pair, but ...
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Do noun clauses need subjects?

"Homework is what I hate to do." "Homework is what makes me sad." In the first sentence, "what I hate the most" is clearly a noun clause. It functions as a subject complement. And it begins with a ...
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Simplicity is elegance? or elegant?

As the title asks, which is grammatically correct? Simplicity is elegance? Or simplicity is elegant? If both are correct,in which cases they are correct?
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Binding of adjectives to two consequtive nouns

Lets say I have a phrase a valid geometry pointer (which might be a little technical but the focus is on adjectives and nouns). How does the word valid bind to geometry pointer? Does it mean a (valid ...
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Is it common to refer to the person steering a ship as 'pilot'? [closed]

According to its M-W entry (supported by some other dictionaries), a pilot (used of a person) can mean, among other things: a : one employed to steer a ship : helmsman b : a person who is ...
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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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Why is the plural of “aircraft” not “aircrafts”?

I came along this sentence: Today, we have used a large number of assets, comprising of 34 aircraft, 40 ships, hundreds of men, thousands of man-hours has been deployed I consulted dictionaries ...
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What do you call the period between having sex?

If a couple are having a romantic or sexy get away where they're staying in bed and having sex and otherwise hanging out - is there a term use for the periods where they're not actually in the act of ...
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A synonym for the prefix intro~

Good afternoon, While working on a philosophical paper I came across a slight problem and while I searched for an answer on my own, I seem predisposed to not find any, at least not in the sense of an ...
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Can the word “imperative” be a noun? [closed]

Here's an example: It is our imperative to bomb the volcano early, thus preventing a much larger eruption later. Is "imperative" correct there? It seems to be synonymous with "duty", or maybe ...
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Is “reservee” an acceptable word like employee?

I see one reference from an old version of Webster but not much else. Word says it is misspelled. Which is it? Our list of reservees include Beyonce, Cher, Bono...
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When did 'street', 'road', etc. start being capitalised?

Old newspapers and books seem to very rarely capitalise (and often hyphenate) phrases like "High street", "Herbert-road", and "Trusting lane". These days, we capitalise "Street", "Road", and "Lane". ...
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What do you call someone who has a disease or mental condition?

I'm looking for a noun to suffix to a condition to refer to the person who has that condition. Existing words are like: Cancer patients are subject to chemotherapy which causes them to lose ...
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which is wrong? 1. “What is your suggest?” 2. “What is your suggestion?” [closed]

which is wrong? 1. "What is your suggest?" 2. "What is your suggestion?"
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What is the word for stories/movies/poems that have a moral lesson [closed]

I am reading this book - and I have been trying to remember the word but it's eluding me. What is the word for stories/movies/poems that provide a moral lesson.
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Verb or noun for - when I am not short of words but unable to speak lucidly

A situation when I am not short of words but confused by the setting. the situation does not let me speak properly/lucidly. I kind of trip over my words. I don't know what to do. The silence was ...
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What do you call it when it's not raining, but the atmosphere causes everything to be wet?

I'm currently having a discussion with colleagues about what this is. Basically it's kind of a cloud has rolled into to ground level. It's not raining in the sense that there are no drops of water ...
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How can you tell which noun a clause modifies?

I'm a ESOL teacher, and I'm having trouble answering a question that a student asked me recently. We were going over long sentences, and found this one from the New York Times: Saudi Arabia said ...
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What do you call a person doing a task that a computer can do better?

Is there a term for a person performing a task that a computer could perform faster/better, but the reason the person is doing it is because of a failure in a company to improve processes/systems?
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What is special about Anglo-French legal usage of [the] infinitive as a noun?

I was reading the etymology of attainder (n.), when I saw its reference to: use of French infinitives as nouns, especially in legal language, see waiver. waiver (n.) [<--] [...] Other ...
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Line Art: A word like Scrimshaw or Filligree?

I'm looking for a word that refers to a fine, decorative line-work illustration that is used for accenting signage or letterhead. It's similar in usage to scrimshaw (except not a picture) or filigree ...
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What's the name of this boat?

Is there a more appropriate name for a boat like the one below? Other than fishing boat, wood boat, rowboat, canoe. Thank you
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When must a gerund be preceded by a possessive pronoun as opposed to an accusative one?

I was recently reading this very interesting post here: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun? In this thread, it is argued persuasively that we could use either his or ...
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A person who is trying to impress somebody

What do we call a person who is trying to impress somebody (not necessarily to gain any advantage). For example, he buys them expensive products, always talking in a sweet manner etc. To describe an ...
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Should corporations be referred to in the singular or plural? [duplicate]

I keep coming across articles, especially technology related ones, where corporations are referred to in the plural. Example, "Oracle have decided to make G1 the standard ..." or "Google have become ...
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Where a name related to a noun should be placed?

Say I have three kinds of items that I call A, B, and C. Now, I want to ask someone to create one. Which form is the correct one? Create an item A. or Create an A item. ?
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what article should go before specific games?

I came across an article in the following link about general and specific nouns General and specific Nouns My question is which article (grammar article) should go before these general, more ...
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Is there a word for a person who is not rich, but nevertheless acts as if he's wealthy in front of strangers?

My neighbor is just like that person, so, I think to write a poem on him and desire to break his self-forgetfulness by narrating his pride to him!
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Why do we have “anxiousness”, but not “frightenness”?

Why do we have the word "anxiousness", but not the word "frighteness"? Both would mean something similar: "Being anxious" respectively Being frightened" ps: To make it even more analogous, I could ...
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Indefinite articles used with plural nouns: It was AN amazing TWO DAYS

The indefinite article a(n), derives from the old English word an meaning "one". Generally this word only occurs in determiner function before noun phrases which are singular. However, there seem to ...
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OK to use “capstone” as an adjective?

The term "capstone project" is common. Google tells me there's also something called "Capstone Classroom." The dictionary -- whatever dictionary you might look in -- says "capstone" is only ever a ...
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Term for someone who feel the need to learn

Is there any specific term for someone who feel the need of constantly learning something new ? like a learning disease. What should the appropriate term be?
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What do you call psychological diseases that affect many people at once (or many people of a society)?

I am talking about diseases such as the Jerusalem syndrome, the Paris syndrome, and the Dancing Plague of 1518. Is there a general name for such diseases?
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Any rule for using nationality as a noun? [duplicate]

As you know there are times when using a nationality (without any modification) is a correct way to refer to a person of that nationality and there are times when it is incorrect. For example "He is a ...
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What do you call the headings along the top of a newspaper that reference later page articles?

Often newspapers have a header on the front page where they feature headlines, as well as the page number, for feature articles in later pages of the newspaper. Here "'Power granny' to the royals" ...