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

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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 ...
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Does “upshot” denote something positive, negative, or neutral?

I’m a non-native speaker of English, and I’ve always felt that “upshot” was used to denote positive results. But I’ve come across a few cases recently where negative or neutral outcomes were ...
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“Invite” vs. “invitation”

I hear a lot of people saying "Send me an invite". I always thought that it was an 'invitation'. Is "sending one an invite" accepted usage? Or is it incorrect? If I need to get my wedding invitation ...
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Which is correct: “another think coming” or “another thing coming”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the origin of the phrase “you've got another thing/think coming”? Which is correct: "another think coming" or "another thing coming"? I have ...
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Can a person be described as fugue?

Can a person be described as "fugue" or is it reserved only for a state? Can the word be used as a modifier for something other than a living thing's state? Fugue: (from merriam-webster.com) a ...
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“Reference” vs. “credit” — which word to use when we have to mention sites we referred to?

Reference or credit — which word should be used in which context when we are talking about blog entries? If we have taken the information from ten different sites, and put it all together in one ...
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“Steamroller” to describe a person as very determined

Can "steamroller" be used to describe a person like in the following sentence? He is like a steamroller; nothing will stop him from getting work done. Or are there any other meanings to the word ...
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Synonyms to “teach a course”

I'm a non-native English speaker who sometimes teaches topics like programming and development practices but I haven't found a good way to express that in English. "Teaching" and "educating" sound ...
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Dignitary vs VIP(Very Important Person)

Incidentally I have heard the CBS news about the Bulgarian president visit in US. The exact sentence was something like: We can't be too specific about the president's schedule due to security ...
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Meaning of “individual” in “dystopian texts […] emphasize the importance of the individual”

I'm trying to help my son understand an essay question but am having trouble understanding the question myself. He's studying George Orwell's 1984 and the essay question is this: Dystopian texts ...
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More formal synonyms of “snob”

To me, the word snob seems rather informal, although it appears in dictionaries, and I am unable to find anywhere on the internet a more formal word than snob. Are there any sophisticated synonyms ...
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“Imitation jewelry” or “costume jewelry”

I've looked up the translation of the word bisutería in Spanish and it translated to imitation jewelry or costume jewelry. Which of the two is mostly used in British English?
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What is the difference between an Emir and a Sultan?

What is the difference between an Emir and a Sultan? Are they both Sheik? For instance, OALD defines: Emir: the title given to some Muslim rulers Emirate: an area of land that is ruled over ...
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what is the meaning of “ Pressure Containing and Structural Castings” [closed]

Does it mean " Pressure Containing castings and Structural Castings" or "Pressure Containing-Structural Castings"?
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How do you form the 'north' and 'south' versions of 'occident' and 'orient'?

How does one correctly form the "north" and "south" forms for which occident and orient are "west" and "east"? I found boreal and austral, but those look like adjectives and I'm after the nouns. ...
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Formal definition for a specific type of concrete noun involving entities?

I am looking specifically for a list of proper concrete nouns that represent entities or categorizations of entities that can be used in place of the proper noun, however this is not what I am asking ...
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How does one parenthetically amend a noun in a sentence so that both the singular and plural form are included?

In a complex sentence with two subjects, each taking separate actions, the second subject is item (singular), which I want to amend to item(s) with a parenthetical s. How do I direct the rest of the ...
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Sentence using “hamartia”

Can any one tell me how to use the word hamartia in everyday writing? I have searched a lot but failed to find any sentence using this word. Any help would be appreciated.
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What is the origin of the noun “satellite town”?

A satellite town is a town that is located in the outskirts of a major city. What is the origin of this name, satellite town? What does "satellite" exactly mean here?
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Nouns of plural form preceding another noun

I was reading Computers, Communications, and Information A User's Introduction (Seventh Edition) by Sarah E. Hutchinson and Stacey C. Sawyer. The authors consistently used such terms as ...
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Capitalizing the names of different animal breeds?

I've already looked around for an answer to this question, but many answers contradict each other. What I'd like to know is whether or not different animal breeds are capitalized in professional ...
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“Engagement”, “betrothal” — connotations?

I'm not a native speaker, so frequently I don't know underlying semantic subtleties of synonyms; what connotations they bear, which may be antiquated or very official, which are specific to given ...
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Word meaning excess pieces of fabric [closed]

There’s a word I’m trying to recall, it means something such as “extra pieces of fabric hanging from clothing.” I believe it ends with -gibles or -gables, and perhaps it starts with im- or ex-, and ...
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What is the difference between the nouns start and beginning?

I'm curious about the general difference between the two, but I have to be more specific. I'd like to know the difference in the context of the noun period — should I use "the start of the period" ...
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What is the difference between “curd” and “yogurt”?

Most people use the words curd and yogurt interchangeably. Both are made by fermenting milk. Is there a difference between the two, or are they the same?