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

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“The best (and one of very few) website[s]”

Stack Exchange is the best (and one of very few useful) question-and-answer websites in the world. In this statement, should it be website (where "best" overrules "one of very few") or websites ...
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What is a “roll-off”?

Studies show a substantial profitability roll-off. What does "roll-off" mean? Is it another word for "decrease"?
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What is the difference between retrospect vs hindsight?

Can they be used interchangeably, or is there a difference?
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Who is one who participates in skulduggery?

Is there an English word for one who participates in skulduggery? The form I'm looking for is something like 'skuldugger', but I wasn't able to find that word anywhere in the OED. There are probably ...
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Decomposing “fingerprint”

I somehow ended up in a small argument about the first part of the compound word "fingerprint". The other person insists that the first word "finger" is an adjective, which I cannot agree with. ...
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Geographical Usage of “Mate”

I was wondering where the term, "mate," is most popular? When I think of the term, "mate," I think of Australia and England, but I was wondering if anyone else has some input on this. Mate here is ...
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Using “suite” for a number of documents

I recently received a letter from my solicitor which contained this statement: I am waiting to receive the suite of documents. I've never heard this before; can you use suite for a number of ...
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Words that mean “obsessed with theory” and “obsessed with data”

I'm looking for one-word terms to describe someone obsessed with theory and someone obsessed with data. We use the Spanish terms 'teoricón' and 'datoso' which roughly translate to 'theorophile' and ...
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Declension is a noun. What is the verb? [closed]

Based on Wikipedia article, in linguistics, declension is the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and articles to indicate number (at least singular and plural), case (nominative or subjective, ...
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Term for organization being sponsored — “sponsee”? [duplicate]

I have seen a few sponsorship agreements and in one of them the term "sponsee" was used to define the organization being sponsored. The context was a company who sponsors a local team. The agreement ...
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“Demophobia” & “demophilia”: the right word choice? [closed]

I'm writing my research on rather obscure research topics (or rather, research questions). Would you agree with the word choice for the following concepts? If not, what words would you choose instead? ...
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it's “means” a singular of plural

I was confused about this question: Eating garlic has long been regarded as a means of warding off malaise, and scientific research has shown that it does have some therapeutic values. why means ...
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Noun instead of gerund 'expecting' [closed]

What noun can be used instead of the gerund expecting? Users below have suggested expectancy, but neither its definition nor expectation's, mentions pregnancy. I ask not about ...
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How to say “nonconfluence” in context of God and man?

I'm writing about a union between man and God in Christianity. And this union has a property of not being confluent, meaning that the person of man doesn't dissolve in the person of God but they exist ...
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Word for an Original Idea

Is there a good word for an idea that someone came up with on their own? I'm talking about an original idea. The reason I want such a word is for my notes so that I can annotate, with as few words ...
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How to say “beginninglessness” properly? [closed]

I'm writing about a property of God, describing that He has no beginning, and I couldn't find a word for it. The best I came up with is beginninglessness, but it sounds alien and doesn't seem to be ...
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Referring to a plural noun as singular?

I came across this sentence online: C extensions are a big part of the Ruby ecosystem. Now, the word "C extensions" is the subject of the sentence and it's in plural form. The writer wants to ...
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Hypernym for “goods” and “services”

I'm coming up with a model for how human relationships work, and trying to break down the fundamental areas of "value" that people exchange. One of them is simply related to real world survival, and ...
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What is a hypernym for “geography”, “areography”?

I am looking for a hypernym for words such as geography (Earth) and areography (Mars), primarily out of curiosity. In my workplace, we have a database and that has a column for "geo_id" which of ...
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A noun for phenomenon experienced by wave-particle duality

We have known for centuries that elementary particles exhibit both wave and particle properties. Does the English Language have a word that describes this wave-particle duality?
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What is the best time / are the best times for a meeting?

I'm about to arrange a meeting with a person. I have a feeling that when I say "What is the best time for a meeting?", I'm sort of forcing them to come up with one option only. I'd like to show them ...
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Is a “dozen donuts” a singular or plural subject? [duplicate]

which is correct? How much IS a dozen of donuts? OR How much are a dozen of donuts?
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“Hidden layer sizes” vs “Hidden layers sizes” [duplicate]

I am writing a neural network application. In this application, a neural network can have one or more hidden layers, which can have different sizes (neuron counts). Which label would be correct: ...
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Using “amaze” as a noun

Traditional Irish song "The Foggy Dew" contains following lines: "And the world did gaze in deep amaze at those fearless men but few Who bore the fight that freedom's light might shine through the ...
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Is it “Foreign Language Department” or “Foreign LanguageS Department”?

I searched the Internet and found some universities use the former and some latter. Can't professors agree at one? Or when the former is used, only one foreign language is taught?
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Word that can be either a notice/disclosure or an acknowledgement/confirmation [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe a piece of text on a website or application that either alerts the user to the existance of terms/policies or explictly asks them to opt-in or opt-out of these ...
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Comparison between action of two nouns

I want to say: "The cricket is much more scripted than the WWE". Should I add 'is' at the end, and if so, what is the significance of it?
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The horribility of English language

Pretty much every adjective that ends in the suffix -able or -ible gives rise to a related noun: corruptible becomes corruptibility mutable becomes mutability respectable becomes respectability ...
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“Slice” vs “Piece”: when to use which?

I'd like to understand when I should use "slice" or "piece", for example: "He's eaten three slices of pizza, and two pieces of cake". Why do I have to use "slice" with pizza, but "piece" with cake? ...
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“Theater” vs. “Theatre” in American English

Why is it that "theater" and "theatre" do not follow the traditional rules of British and American spelling? British spellings like "metre" and "centre" are consistently switched to "meter" and ...
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Not my cup of tea

Heard an English teacher claim that: "Dogs is not my cup of tea" is correct; whereas "Dogs are not my cup of tea" is incorrect. The explanation was that the verb form of 'to be' must agree with ...
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What is the logic behind uncountable nouns?

I'd like to understand the logic behind uncountable nouns, such as "water", "meat" and others, specially "bread", for example. I don't understand why can't we count them, since there are different ...
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Adverb & verb- correct placement?

Should it be 'Globally recognised' or 'Recognised globally'? I think it should be globally recognised following the rule of- Adverb before verb- but am not sure. Also, should it be 'beautifully drawn' ...
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Can the word “totem” be used as both a respectful and troublesome symbol?

Today’s (Oct. 10) Time magazine article titled “Hillary Clinton’s Burden of History” begins with the following passage: “Everything old is new again for the Clintons, as documents reveal White ...
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Why do some words get a red wavy underline? [closed]

I have often experienced the red underline while typing indicating there's an error there may be grammatical or the word doesn't exist in the dictionary. When I type the name of popular universities ...
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Respectful Noun for Really Hard Worker

I'm reading Jon Gertner's The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation. In describing the history of the telephone, Gertner describes Thomas Edison (whose inventions helped ...
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Several adjectives applied simultaneously to several nouns [duplicate]

Is the following sentence construction grammatically acceptable? The statuses of the digital and analogue inputs and outputs are indicated on the display. More specifically I wish to know whether I ...
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What does one call an individual receiving a subsidy?

If a subsidiary is a company; what does one call an individual receiving a subsidy? 'Recipient' would be an obvious choice—I was wondering if there is a more specific word?
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Phrase that means a sequence of projects, each of which builds on the previous project.

I'm writing a proposal in which I describe a series of small projects/experiments. The projects start out small and basic, then the subsequent project builds on the results from the prior project. I ...
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Dynamicality from Dynamic?

I am using the word 'dynamic' as the following definition from the Merriam Webster's Dictionary. 3. of random-access memory : requiring periodic refreshment of charge in order to retain data The ...
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order or adjuncts and adjectives

The more thought I give about the order of adjuncts and adjectives before a noun, the less sense it all makes. Not a native speaker, but using English on a daily basis. For instance, in "Relational ...
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Which is the better word: “byproduct” or “waste”?

At the construction and demolition project we get a lot of waste. And some materials are going to be recycled to make new products. Which word is more appropriate for describing these materials, ...
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Ambiguity of “bag down for a better ride”

Today I saw a sign on the train that said Bag down for a better ride. There was an accompanying picture of someone carrying a large bag on his back, possibly causing inconvenience to others: ...
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Pardon my ignorance, but how would the word 'ignore' convert to a noun in this context? [duplicate]

I was talking to a co-worker about the fact that he ignored certain guidelines when writing his code. He is fairly aware of the established guidelines and a well-defined copy of the same is present ...
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Word for “things which exist”

Is there a noun that denotes "things which exist"? The only noun form of existence that I can find/think of is "existence" which is the condition of existing, not the things which do. It's to ...
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Why are verbs used as nouns?

Why are there so many verbs out there that are used as nouns? Examples: Produce (lettuce, tomatoes, etc.) Preserve (strawberry preserves) Practice (law practice) Trust (bank trust) Seasoning (salt, ...
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Is it still an “ice cream cone” if it doesn't have ice cream?

I had a discussion with some friends yesterday about whether the term "ice cream cone" describes: Simply the cone itself or The cone plus the ice cream Upon looking in several online dictionaries, ...
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“She allowed her life to be a circumstance of her illness”

I never witnessed where she allowed her life to be a circumstance of her illness Is circumstance used in the correct manner? I want to say she didn't use her illness as an excuse to be sick... ...
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A more commonly understood synonym for “inculcation” [duplicate]

What word is similar to inculcation, but would be understood by ordinary people? When I asked about inculcation, people didn't understand the word. Psychologists, however, use it.
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Dedicated to producing vs dedicated to the production - use of gerund in place of noun

- A factory famous for the production of. . . - A factory famous for producing . . . - A farm dedicated to the cultivation of . . . - A farm dedicated to cultivating . . . - The firm focused on the ...