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

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Is there a different understanding of “rubber” in British and American English?

I was well aware of the different meanings of rubber, not least because there are the same definitions in my mother-tongue. However, while reading a text about differences between British and American ...
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Does the word “facility” have a negative connotation?

When I hear about "facility" I immediately associate that with a building (like a company's headquarter, store, etc). However, some people say that it can be used to mean a "WC." Is this true? Does ...
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Proper usage of the word “trouble” [closed]

Consider the following usage of the word trouble: I have trouble. I have a trouble. I have troubles. I have the trouble. I have the troubles. Which is grammatical? And what is the ...
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“Assailant” vs “Attacker”

Besides sports in which an attacker is an offensive player, is there any difference between assailant and attacker? a person who attacks somebody I guess attacker can also be used for animals ...
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What's the noun-form of “not working”?

The phrase "not working" can be used as an adjective, for example: My laptop is not working. What is the noun-form of the adjective "not working"? E.g. "The not-workingness of my laptop."
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“Vaccine Advisor” vs. “Vaccination Advisor” [closed]

I am making an Android application which will serve info about diseases which can be prevented by immunization. All in all it's an app targeted at travelers so it can help them protect themselves and ...
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Is there a single word that expresses “music end-users / enthusiasts”?

To help a soon-to-be sister site out here, I was thinking English.SE perhaps could lend a helping hand as this is the best place for "word choice and usage". I'm not looking for "naming", but rather ...
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Are there any words in English that have a plural with a separate derivation?

There are some irregular plurals in English (child/children, goose/geese), but all of the ones I know of share the same root word. In some languages, there are some irregular pairs where the singular ...
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“Den” and “living room”

I was wondering what the difference is between a den and a living room. What does a den really mean? For example, an apartment with two Bedrooms, two Baths and one Den:
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“Ability” vs. “faculty”

Looking up dictionaries I don't see a easy rule when to use ability vs. faculty in sense of a describing attribute . For example, "cognitive faculty" or "faculty of speech" seem to be standard terms, ...
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Questionee? Inquiree? Interrogatee? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question? What do I call a person who is participating in a survey? What's a proper but simple ...
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What's the difference between “creek”, “brook”, “run”, and “river”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between these names of moving water? What's the difference between creek, brook, run, and river?   I need to name a small river in my ...
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Can adverbs be also direct objects?

"The irate customer asked for the chef." The irate customer asked something. (Noun phrase?) Since you can fill in something in place of 'for the chef,' does that mean it is a direct object and an ...
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“On the one/other hand” vs. “on the one/other side”

There are two slightly different expressions which do mean the exact same thing, these are: On the one hand [...]. on the other hand [...] On the one side [...]. on the other side [...] ...
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“Mesh, Solid or Surface modeling technology” vs. “Mesh, Solid or Surface modeling technologies” [closed]

Which of the following should I use? Select between Mesh, Solid or Surface modeling technology. Select between Mesh, Solid or Surface modeling technologies.
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How to derive a noun from “up-to-date”?

I'm looking for a noun that would represent the state of being up to date. I want to say this The documentation is not accurate and up to date. like this The documentation has problems with ...
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Opposite word of “addiction”

Though the very obvious opposite of the word addiction is "deaddiction", I couldn't find the latter in any dictionary (I checked in Oxford, Chambers and Cambridge). Why is it so? If "deaddiction" is ...
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Meaning of “to have no patience for…”

He has no patience for the view that instead of raising interest rates his next move will be to cut the trendsetting overnight rate. I'm not a native English speaker. I read the above sentence in ...
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“Vegetation changes” vs. “changes in vegetation” vs. “vegetative changes” vs…?

When referring to changes in the amount and/or quality of vegetation on the ground, which is more appropriate between "vegetation changes", "changes in vegetation" or "vegetative changes"? Any other ...
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Does the word “units” have a valid abbreviation?

Is there any precedent for abbreviating the word Units, and if more than one, is there any standardized prescription (no pun intended on my example) for which abbreviation to use in which context? ...
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Does the sentence “His confident visage hid insecurity” make sense?

I was wondering if this sentence makes sense, and if it does, is the meaning of visage in this sentence metaphoric? His confident visage hid insecurity.
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Using adjectives & nouns placed before nouns [closed]

I'm really confused when using adjectives and nouns. Nouns often have their adjective forms. When I want to modify a noun, I have to chose one form to use. Is there any rule? It's said that ...
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discreetness, secrecy

Is paraphrasing: I expect you to keep this subject secret from people it does not concern. as I'm expecting discreetness concerning this subject. a correct use of that word? How else would ...
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Give Signs Of Uncertainty

The project gives signs of too much uncertainty. The project gives too much uncertainty. If I am trying to use sense 5c of this dictionary, would one of the sentences above be wrong? ...
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Difference between a 'medicine' and a 'medicinal'

What is the exact difference between the words "medicine" and "medicinal"? For medicinal, Free Dictionary states: "A preparation or product having the properties of a medicine." But the fact ...
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“Enclosure” vs. “attachment”

If I understand it correctly, one usually uses the term enclosure when referring to extra documents to e.g. a letter. But what if these extra items are not other documents and papers? Say I have ...
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Difference between “packet”, “parcel” and “package”

The definition on OALD is identical for parcel and packet. parcel (especially British English) (North American English usually package) something that is wrapped in paper or put into a thick ...
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Difference Between “Sell” and “Sale”?

I'm a copy editor at a law firm and need to give a quick-and-dirty explanation of the difference between "sell" and "sale" to a native English speaker (a legal secretary) who is very self-conscious ...
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Verb agreement with nouns modified by numbers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it “5-6 weeks are a lot of time” or “5-6 weeks is a lot of time”? I am writing about a baseball player who has 33 at-bats in his career. ...
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Difference between “composite” and “compound”

Is there any difference between composite and compound? Are these words synonyms?
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“Sparsity” vs “sparseness”

What is the difference between sparsity and sparseness? Is it that the latter emphasises the extent to which something is sparse? I'm not sure I can see the thin line that separates them.
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History of pronunciation of “moiety”

Wiktionary shows the pronunciation of moiety as /ˈmɔɪ.ə.ti/, which I think agrees with the audio versions at merriam-webster.com and howjsay.com. (Be warned that both those links produce audio when ...
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Destroy or Destroys [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? I came across a mocked up newspaper article earlier and there was a discussion about whether the following ...
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English Homonym Nouns [closed]

Recently I had a discussion with a friend about the "solidity" of the English language in respect to Chinese. (By "solidity" we meant the reduced possibility for interpretation errors and ...
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Some of us + Noun [closed]

I don't know why we can use Some of us + Noun like this: Some of us boys are planning to drive throughout the country during the summer holidays. Can anyone explain it for me?
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Is saying “an obsolete remnant” redundant?

Is saying "an obsolete remnant" or "an old remnant" redundant (or tautologous), or can the adjective be necessary to convey what I'm trying to say? (I imagined "remnant" already carries the ...
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“Separate procedures for every combination” vs. “a separate procedure for every combination”

Which form of this sentence is correct and why? Therefore, in a real life system with multiple source and output data formats, separate procedures would have to be written for every ...
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“Conception” vs. “inception”

A friend of mine just stated: I'm unimpressed by iOS6, most of the "features" they are introducing have been there since Android's conception. I was about to correct him, believing inception to ...
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How to assess “an access of butchness”

I read this phrase in Alan Bennett’s Diary years ago and found it so unusual I’ve never forgotten it. Italics mine: 8 December. Trying to find someone a Meccano set for Christmas, I’m reminded ...
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Difference between “premise” and “assertion”

I was preparing for the GRE exam, and was wondering what the difference was between a premise and an assertion. Any example which highlights the difference would be immensely helpful (something I ...
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Can an approximation be “lifted”?

Let's say we make some approximation in some theory (such as there being no friction, when in fact there is). Now we want to remove this approximation, and thus improve the real-world meaning of the ...
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You are my dismay [closed]

Dismay, as a noun, means: Consternation and distress, typically that caused by something unexpected. Is it correct to say that something is my dismay, (Rather than something happened in my ...
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Is this the correct usage of the word “Poultry”?

Poultry has given him great profit. Is this sentence grammatically correct? What do you think is the correct use if this isn't correct.
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Student:Classmate::Teacher:____________?

A student is a classmate, schoolmate, etc. to another student. But what is a teacher to another teacher? Couldn't it be colleague? Surely not, because a colleague could be any employee working with ...
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What is the difference between 'inclination' and its varieties; that is 'tendency - propensity - disposition - inclination - proclivity'? [closed]

As someone who is at (near-)native level of English, I know all of these words, but as I'm not immersed in an area where use of English is prevalent, (as of now I am living in the Netherlands,) I ...
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Name for smuggled liquor?

Is there a name for liquor that might have been produced legally, or using professional technologies, but then has been smuggled, either bypassing customs, or into prohibition area and/or is being ...
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What's the hypernym for “owned” and “rented”?

If I must ask a person if his house is owned or rented, which word would make a proper relation? I am looking for something like this: What's your [...] with the Property (or Car, or Camera)? ...
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“Man” is to “womanizer” as “woman” is to what?

What's the feminine version of womanizer?
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Independence vs. Independency

Most often used is "independence" as far as I know, however what is the difference? I only found a question about "dependence vs. dependency" where is said that "dependence" describes the quality ...
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“Improviser” or “improvisor”?

I'm trying to determine whether I should use the ~er suffix or the ~or suffix for a person who improvises. What I've learned on the web is that technically one should say "improvisor". The ~or suffix ...