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

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Why are nouns corresponding to verbs ending with “oke” written with “c”?

I was wondering about this for a while now. Could anyone explain this phenomenon or is it just "English quirks"? Examples: invoke/invocation provoke/provocation revoke/revocation
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what's the difference between “custom” and “practice”?

For example: As for what language to speak among family members in a certain situation there is the traditional practice to follow. As for what language to speak among family members in a ...
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A Noun which describes an ignorant person accusing a well-informed opponent of ignorance?

I am looking for a word which describes a blatantly ignorant person (not knowing much about certain topic) who in a debate accuses of ignorance his opponent, who knows more about the topic of ...
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Using Nouns or Gerunds

Could anyone explain when to use a noun or a gerund? Are these sentences correct? What is the difference between usage of gerund and noun there? I worked on the improvement of the article. I ...
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Hypernym for “necklace”, “bracelet” and “anklet”

Each is an item of jewelry that is primarily distinguished by the body part around which it is wrapped. Jewelry is too generic a term, since it would include earrings as well, which are not wrapped ...
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What is the difference between “sign” and “symbol”?

For example: A piece of meat with hair on it was a symbol of important events such as declaring war, a victorious army's return, or sad news. A piece of meat with hair on it was a sign of ...
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What is a word, preferably a noun, referring to a liquid that begins with M? [closed]

I am seizing up on this point while making an alliteration. All I found was: Moist - Refers to property of another material (a surface, the air, etc.) that involves liquid not the liquid itself ...
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Height and Tallness

We use the words "tall" and "high" to mean different things. A dwarf on top of a mountain is high but not tall. A professional basketball player in Death Valley is tall but not high. Note: I am ...
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Is there a special rule for using the word “Gild” and “Guild” as verb or noun?

I'm not exactly sure how to state my question but I'll try my best. While reading a biography of Dante, I stumbled upon the word "guild." I took a look at www.freedictionary.com to find its meaning, ...
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Word to describe the setting for a particular time?

I'm creating an ad of sorts for an upcoming event without a set date. What's a word to describe the setting including weather/time of year/occasion for a particular time? I'd use it in a sentence ...
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Polish (the substance, not the language)

I'm talking about the stuff you use when you're polishing. According to etymonline.com, this usage has been around for less than 200 years: polish (n.) 1590s, "absence of coarseness," from ...
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what to call “something that we desire”?

Everyone has desire for something. A politician has desire for a position. An unemployed has desire for a job. A baby has desire for candy. The things which they have desire for have different names, ...
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Word for someone who “really likes and pays close attention to symmetry”

I was thinking of meticulous, but is there any word that is specific to being meticulous with the symmetry of things? I am very ________ because I pay very close attention to symmetry. ...
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Is there a word that describes a person who dies on his/her birthdate?

I have found references to birthdays and "deathdays," many words that reference either death or birth (natalis, obitus, quietus) but not both sharing the same day and month (even sharing the same year ...
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A noun that refers to attendees of a cocktail party

I'm looking for a noun to refer to a group of people socializing, for instance a loosely knit group of work friends gossiping at a cocktail party.
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what do you call a person who speaks in opposites; not just being contrary or being a contrarian

I am reading G.K. Chesterton's Heretics. It appears to me that he presents his ideas in opposing view points in the same sentence. It is almost like he is of the opinion that his opinions are the only ...
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I need the name of a thing

This tool is used to make spice. In the Hindi language this is called लोढ़ा-lodha but I don't know the English word for it.
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“look forward to” vs. “do not look forward to”

Why the sentences "We look forward to < noun> ..." and "We do not look forward to < verb>..." are both correct ? A < noun> has to be used in the first and a < verb> has to be used in the ...
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“the rustle of tires” vs “the rustling of tires”: pompous or not, is there a rule, or is it random?

Scene: high school. Time: the present. A teacher went through a student's essay in which an out-of-the-way house in the sticks was described. It (the house) sat in the middle of a picturesque grove, ...
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I swear, it's not flotsam

I am trying to find an appropriate word to describe multiple items that wash up on shore. I would prefer a single-word answer, but don't know that one exists. I am trying to name a photo album that ...
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Singular vs plural noun following list

In the following sentence should cheese be singular or plural? Pizzeria-style crust topped with herbs, spices, Mozarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheese/cheeses & pepperoni. Pepperoni must ...
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Name for a reader who does not comprehend

Is there a word for a person who uses words that they don't understand. Or a name for the usage of words that one does not comprehend? For example, I'm trying to describe a woman leading a training ...
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What is a noun for “one who is responsible”?

The word "responsible" works as an adjective only. What is a noun for a person who bears some responsibility (i.e. is accountable for something)? Note: Originally my question was longer, but the ...
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A word that describes someone who 'sees/brings out the good in others'?

The person doesn't have to be good themselves, but they can bring the good out of others. The word doesn't have to be an english word, I just want to know if such a word exists. Ex. Beauty with the ...
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Do I need to add “the” to a plural noun? [duplicate]

I am confused by whether or not to add "the" before a plural noun. For example, do the following two sentences mean something slightly different from each other? (1) We analyzed the potential ...
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Question about Generic Statements for Plural Nouns

Sentences are: "The rainforests are in danger." "Rainforests are in danger." So in this case, I think that they are both correct sentences...but: "Guitars are musical instruments." "The guitars ...
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Noun form of realistic? [closed]

I am looking for the noun form of the word realistic, or a word that would be equivalent. Something like "realisticity"? Here is the context: The (realisticity?) of the characters in a novel.
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Can I use the word “Applicator” to describe a person in the following context?

Here's the context in question, please read on: "The final proof is in the listening and John knows this. This knowledge makes him a designer in constant dynamic relationship with what he makes, ...
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which word gives emphasis to other word

If A-cum-B denotes that, A and B are similar standing Which word describes B has having greater significance than A? For example : Accounts cum Finance means - both accounts and finance are of ...
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Word for a short exhalation, antonym of “gasp”?

When you're disappointed or upset and rather than say anything you make a short exhalation, how's that called? It's sort of as if you said 'huh' while looking at the floor standing next to the person ...
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England is/are playing? [duplicate]

I have this doubt when it comes to sports and teams. Is it England is playing or England are playing? Similarly, is it "Arsenal is playing..." or "Arsenal are playing..."?
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'In the Fox Theater' or 'In the Fox theater' or 'In The Fox Theater' [duplicate]

I am confused over the use of 'the' and capitalization.
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Should I use singlar noun or plural noun (Phone or phones)

I have some difficulties when I want to talk with a group of people in using nouns. Should I use all nouns in plural form? For example, when I am talking to a group of students and want to teach them ...
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What is the plural of “Mars”?

What is the plural of Mars? Is it Marses or Mars' (note the apostrophe)? Or something else? EDIT: I'm not sure where I got the idea of Mars' from. I suppose I was thinking it might be a zero plural ...
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Noun + Gerund vs Gerund + Noun

I try to shorten the expression: "period [of smth] when [the device] moves / stands" to use it as a parameter name, and have come up with these two options: 'Period moving' / 'Period standing' ...
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What do you call a person who uses the required amount of resources? [duplicate]

A person who does work with the maximum care in order to avoid waste. Example: A wife who cooks only for the number of guests invited at that moment.
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Person who consumes in a restaurant or bar [closed]

What's the word that refers to the person that consumes dishes and/or cocktails in a bar or restaurant? In Spanish, it would be "Comensal". Google translate suggests me "diner", which might cause ...
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“The exam date” vs. “the exam day”

I will send you my proposal two months before the exam date. I will send you my proposal two months before the exam day. Which one is more correct?
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What do you call the second word in the naming of sporting events, e.g. “basketball GAME,” “wrestling MATCH,” “track MEET”?

I'm creating a database of sports. There's a column in this database where we store this second word. We're trying to think of a sensible name for this column. Ideas we've tossed around: competition ...
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Atheist Inspired by Religion [closed]

What do you call an atheist who is inspired by mythology and religion ? Inspired -- by the "good morals" religions preach like forgiveness ..blah blah
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Difference between 'gain optimization' and 'gains optimization'

What is the difference between gain optimization and gains optimization in a financial context? I want to know in particular if one of those terms is better English, or if they have different ...
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“Fodder” meaning “useless chatter”?

Is there a usage of the word fodder that means "useless chatter"? I have used it this way in the past but can't find it referenced that way currently.
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Mango: is it a common noun or a proper noun? How can you tell? [closed]

I am confused about the word mango. Is it a Proper Noun or a Common noun?
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Can you maintain a consideration?

More than 1 person has stumbled on this line in a draft report here: "...such that the considerations outlined in Section 1.2 are maintained" Can you maintain a consideration? Yes, the ...
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Serious word for 'a bad guy'

I was trying to raise awareness of XSS attacks on a website, by launching a harmless XSS attack and showing the follow message if users fell for it: IT WAS AN XSS ATTACK! HAD IT BEEN MADE BY ...
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What's the noun based on the adverb 'deliberately'?

If I do something with a great sense of purpose, if I do it extremely... intentionally and deliberately. I do it with... deliberalcy? Deliberacy? My searches have returned nothing.
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Capitalisation of pathos, logos, and ethos

Are the words "pathos," "logos," and "ethos," capitalised? I'm not sure if they are proper nouns.
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Verb form for Didactic

What are possible verb forms or more proper forms for the word didactic? I know that didact is only a noun, although audiologically it sounds as though it could be a verb. The sentence I am trying to ...
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In search of a noun

I have learnt that a person who lodges a complaint is referred to as the complainant. How do I then refer to a person who sends a compliment?
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Which one is correct “ students' birthday or students' birthdays ”?

I know that children is a plural noun and birthday is a countable noun but I see a sentence in a book " children have a birthday cake at their birthday ". Why is children which is a plural noun ...