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

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Why some verbs have their nouns form exactly like them while the others are not?

From the “Start from the beginning” vs “begin from the starting” question in ell.SE, user δοῦλος has explained that the noun form of begin is beginning, while the noun form of start is still start. ...
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Sound distortion from microphone or amplifier etc. - what do we call it?

I live near a temple and during the morning prayer, more often than not, the loudspeaker would produce a jarring sound. Is there a single word for the sound distortion from micrphone or amplifier. ...
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How to name non-web software? [duplicate]

I am writing an article that is focus on websites and web applications. I also need to refer to the rest software products. But I don't know how to properly name them. I could say "non-web software", ...
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Changing a person's name into an adjective

What do you call it when a person's name or group's name is changed into a adjective? Is it "conversion" or "functional shift"? For instance, saying a band's music is "Beatlesque" or that someone's ...
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Nouns that describe actions but are not verb nouns [closed]

So I had a little semantics argument about English verbs, where the other side claimed, let me quote: They are one in the same, every action is a verb, every verb is an action. I disagree, but ...
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a word that is commonly used as either an adjective or a noun [closed]

I'm trying to come up with some sort of play on word, but for that I need a common word that can be used as either a noun or an adjective. here is what I am trying to write: you are a little [word] ...
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What is a word that means an instance of a game?

For example, Monopoly is a game, and I own a copy of it. When I am playing it, I am playing a what of Monopoly? I'm looking for a word that highlights that the game is in progress and differentiates ...
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“A group leader” or “the group leader”?

When I have an expression comprising two nouns does the article (a/an/the) refer to the first or to the second one? E.g. when talking about some group (we introduced it, there's only one), we would ...
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“concession” in “concession of something due”

I have trouble construing the meaning of this sentence: "claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right" [[from Merriam-Webster Online ...
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Is it appropriate to use “reunion” for meeting only one person after a long time? If not, what's the alternative?

I met a childhood friend after over 15 years. It was myself, my spouse (who had never met the friend), and this friend. Would I use reunion for this situation, as it always makes me feel it's for a ...
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What do you call someone who calculates all their actions based on the future outcome and neglects the present usefulness?

There are some individuals, when they want to buy something like an automobile or home or similar things think about the future market for selling it, and neglect its present advantages and ...
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“of the” vs noun adjunct

Please note: This may be a complex question, references would be great, search engines do not help with "of the". Looks like we can remove the use of "of the" with a noun adjunct switching the order ...
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What do we call a doctor's prediction

Say my doctor tells me that my grandfather has only a few months to live. What do we call such a prediction based on a medical condition?
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The fact that something lasts or will last a lot of time

I'm looking for a single word that expresses the fact that something lasts through the passing of years, decades, centuries. What would be a word that describes the art of lasting? From my mother ...
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Synonym for the word helpful or caring [closed]

I host international students and am always helping others. Whats a good word to express my desire to help others? I want a japanese tattoo with a powerful word but dont know what to use that relates ...
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Transforming words as in CAE tests (Cambridge Advanced English)

I am doing a Cambridge Advanced English test this weekend. The free online test they provide online lets you transform words like this, from nouns to verbs to adjectives, back and forth. • Come ...
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A word to describe a crafty person who always manages to get his own way or turn things to his own advantage [closed]

The word I'm looking for is a noun. It should be a single word, and fit here: "Jimmy is really a ............ Even after all his shenanigans were made public, he still got the committee to support ...
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A noun: the tool to fix neck in the neck sprain treatment

What is the tool to fix one's neck in a neck sprain treatment? It could be soft or hard, in plastic. I did a web search for neck fixture, but it turned out to be a component of a lamp.
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What do we call the light disturbance around a lamp?

When a lamp or other luminous object is very bright, we cannot see clearly the things close to it. What we see is a whitish region that surrounds it. What do we call this? (Is it a perception or a ...
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What do you call someone that believes he is the only living being?

What do you call someone that believes he is actually the only living being and that everyone and everything that exist (besides him self) is a state of his own mind? I am not referring to a ...
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Two good things put together create a bad thing

I had this word as a vocabulary word in jr high I think. The definition is things that are good individually but bad when put together. I cannot think of the word! The example was ketchup and ice ...
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Are “caw” or “squawk” countable nouns?

So both "caw" and "squawk" are "a harsh noise made by a bird". Are these two words countable or uncountable? For example, which of the following two is more correct? All night I heard the caw of ...
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Looking for a word for a slavery “contract”

Suppose a person is forced by law to serve a fixed time as a slave, before they are granted freedom. What would you call this arrangement? It's not a contract or an agreement, because the slave does ...
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Can context change a common noun into a proper noun?

Here is an excerpt from a poem: "The chrysanthemum with its leaves will wither" The poem in question uses the terms "chrysanthemum" and "leaves" to refer to two specific months. The chrysanthemum ...
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What do you call one who has been challenged? [duplicate]

How should I refer to one who has been challenged? One who offers a challenge is a "challenger," but what would be the appropriate term for the person who receives the challenge?
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can someone tell me if i am right in identifying the odd word out from these group of words? [closed]

a) taken WENT seen forgotten--- because the rest are verbs b) bright EARLY good some------because the rest are adjectives ??? c) NEVER but unless ...
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one of my “innovations” or “innovation”? [closed]

I'm puzzled by checking the Oxford Dictionaries http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/innovation. If I want to say "introducing one of my innovations", can I use the word "innovation" ...
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What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?

Recently I was trying to explain the Dutch word gracht to a friend and I found myself needing a general word for a unit of architecture which joins two places together. I thought about "route", but ...
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Can “safer” be used as a noun?

The word "safer" can refer to several different meanings such as well-being, which would usually be placed as an adjective. It is similarly associated with being cautious, trustworthy, or reliable as ...
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expressions using body parts

'Hands' of a clock, 'Arms' of a chair, 'Nose' of a plane, 'Mouth' of a river. In these expressions human body parts are used.What are such expressions called?
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“My father's hands” vs. “the hands of my father”

My father's hands → modified by a possessive noun The hands of my father → modified by a preposition When is "my father's hands" preferable over "the hands of my father", and vice versa?
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What are the differences of store(n.) and storage(n.)? [closed]

Store ex: The store's inventory has to be entered manually into the database. Storage ex: Storage closet is where you will find all our office supplies.
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What comes first—verb or adverb? [duplicate]

Do you say, to effectively communicate or would you say to communicate effectively. As ENL learner I get this confused quite often. Thanks.
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I can make it, I will leave. What's the precedence and ambiguity?

Here's a scenario. I am confounded when after a discussion with a friend, they arrive at my place on Saturday, here's the transcript. her: I can make it on Saturday. me: Ok, see you then anytime! ...
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adjectives and past participles used as nouns [duplicate]

In general, 'the + adjective' and 'the + past participle' could be used instead of a plural noun phrase. The good die young. The damned will bury the dead. I think in certain cases that ...
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A word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands (ironically)?

I am looking for a word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands. It might be an archetypal name of some sort, as well as a freshly coined word. It would be perfect to have a tinge of ...
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What is someone called who incurs expenses?

What do you call a person who incurs expenses? Is there a specific word in English?
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Adjectives that Imply Nouns [closed]

Often we may see adjectives with nouns that are implied, but not explicitly written. I see this mostly with sports team names and demonyms. For example: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Is "Irish" a ...
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What should words be called that can be separated into two or more parts, each of which means the same as the word as a whole?

What should words be called that can be separated into two or more parts, each of which means the same as the word as a whole? I know there are at least three words in English that fit this ...
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Is there any noun in English which changes the first letter in the plural?

Plenty of nouns change the second letter to become plural (man->men, goose->geese) but does anything change its first letter. I've hunted high and low over the internet, and spent ages browsing the ...
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Noun describing the act of controlling one's own mind

There's mind control, but it refers to controlling someone else's mind. Is there a noun describing "mind control" or "thought control" in the sense of controlling one's own mind or thoughts? Is ...
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Terms for “natural gender” and “grammatical gender”

This post is partly inspired by previous posts, such as this one, on non-existence of grammatical gender in English. My question is mainly about what "natural gender" and "grammatical gender" are to ...
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What do I call the person that redeems a certificate?

What do I call the person that redeems a certificate? Could it be a "redeemer"? EDIT 1 For example, a gift certificate for a spa, like a voucher...
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What do you call a person placing bets? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the proper word for a person who is placing bets on various matches at a betting company. I've found only these: bettor / better , punter, but I have literally no idea about ...
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When should I write “some stratagems” and when “some stratagem”?

Instances of "some stratagems": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Instances of "some stratagem": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Is "stratagem" plural noun itself? (like phenomena) If so, is it possible to use "s" to make it plural ...
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Word for very limited communication between races/religions/cultures

There is a country in which there are many different religions, races and cultures. In that country, people are cold and they only care about themselves or their community. There is little or very ...
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Adjectival form of “library”

I can only think of librarily and librarish. Can I use those? Are there other better alternatives? Example: The topic of this book isn't very "[...]". I don't think you should donate it.
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Proper usage of “From abc to xyz” with multiple nouns

Here is an example sentence: "All of my interactions with the community, from the movie that I watched with Joe in his office, to Robert's engaging recitation about songwriting, to my hallway ...
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What is another word for “dessert lover”? [closed]

I just want to know a term for a dessert lover.
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How many kinds are one? [duplicate]

Is "kind", as a noun, singular, or plural? People nearly always say "these/those kind of (things)" rather than "this/that kind of (things)" makes more sense.