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

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Is fever a countable or uncountable noun?

I have some difficulties in using the noun 'fever'. Is it countable or uncountable? Is it correct to say "They have fevers."?
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Common Noun vs Proper Noun

I'm proofing language for a proposed statute change and am confused about whether or not the word Program needs to be capitalized throughout the document. Lots of questions... A Health Professionals ...
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English, I'm asking if trash can be an adjective in this sentence formation:

"This has been thrown in the trash can." In this instance, wouldn't trash be an adjective describing what type of can it is? I'm being told by a German English teacher that 'trash can' is a noun in ...
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Can “yesterdays” (plural) be used to denote a range of past days?

So I just learned that "yesterdays" is a word (without the apostrophe). It is the plural of "yesterday". The trouble is, what does plural of "yesterday" really mean? I could not find any example ...
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I'm looking for a word similar to an abstract concept

I'm looking for a word to describe when you are aware that something is real, however because you've never experienced said-thing firsthand, the thought of the thing seems like an abstract concept ...
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Is there a term for the character trait of assuming things about people?

I'm sure you've had a conversation with someone like this. The person constantly reads something into everything that you say or makes quick judgements about you based on very little information. I ...
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Word for an elderly person with diminishing mental faculties

What do you call an old person suffering from the loss of mental faculties? According to the Oxford dictionary, dotard is an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile. But a weak or ...
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Can “cinema” work as a collective noun?

The local cinema do not even consider screening this movie. In the above sentence, "cinema" is employed to denote one or more of the staff who determine the programme. My question is, does it ...
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“Floors” for a house

When talking, for example, about an apartment building, you ca say "The building has eight floors". But when talking about a house that got two "floors", do you still call them floors in English? Or ...
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Personal Pronouns | Which possessive determiners to use? [duplicate]

I have a simple question to ask. Which possessive determiners are grammatically correct when the noun is our _____? For example, in the case where the noun is our group, it seems to make sense when ...
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a word or hyphenated term for a resource harvester?

I need a generic term for mines, farms, collectors, and anything that harvests a resource (iron, food, water, etc). The closest thing I've thought of so far is "resource harvester", which is a little ...
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time-sensitive documents, goods, articles or cargo [duplicate]

time-sensitive documents, goods, articles or cargo In the phrase reproduced above, does it mean that only documents are time-sensitive or does time-sensitive apply to goods, articles and cargo as ...
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a noun for “people who are fatigued/to tired to walk”

In the context of a story about victims of Nazi persecution during World War II, the victims are described as "the elderly and those suffering from exhaustion". EDIT - I will elaborate a bit on the ...
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“a bewildering amount of choice” or “a bewildering amount of choices”?

"a bewildering amount of choice" is a sentence from a dictionary. I think it should be ""a bewildering amount of choices" and I found both of them can be found from the Internet. Anyone can help to ...
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What's a word for someone who does what they say? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a single word that means something like 'being a man/woman of your word', or 'follow through' as a noun. I tried using 'integrity' at first, but that has other implications, like ...
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Nouns denoting a state and the point of its initiation

The word incarnation, according to Webster, has two meanings: 1) the act of incarnating 2) the state of being incarnate So, this word can denote a state, as well as the moment of initiation of that ...
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What do you call the page you can bring to exams?

On an exam, you can often bring one A4 sized piece of paper that you can write anything on. What's that piece of paper called in this context?
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Hypernym for “driver” and “passenger”

Is there a single word that covers any person who "rides" in a vehicle? Driver would refer only to the person driving the vehicle. Passenger can be used for everyone but not the driver. How to ...
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The rear compartment of a vehicle

Does anyone know if there is a word for the "rear compartment" of a vehicle? I'm talking about larger vehicles, trucks, jeeps, etc. In the particular case I'm dealing with, I'm translating a movie ...
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Can predicative complements not be bare noun phrases in English? That is, are clauses such as “I am student” incorrect?

In Chapter 4 of the book A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar, written by Rodney Huddleston of the University of Queensland and Geoffrey K. Pullum of the University of Edinburgh and published ...
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Is there a term for nouns that describe the performance of a verb?

There are nouns that describe the performance of, or ability to perform a verb? E.g. perception / perceive communication / communicate collaboration / collaborate Is there a term for these nouns ...
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When a title is used as a common noun, should it be capitalised?

In the company I work for, we have a process called an Engineering Request, the document produced as a result of following the process is also referred to as an Engineering Request. Typically, it's ...
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Would “mould” and “mud” be considered substances made up of parts?

Ignoring the difference in spelling between "mould" and "mold" for the moment, I need to categorise the following terms into "masses of substances" or "masses of substances made up of parts too ...
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Is “reign” a countable or uncountable noun?

I'm editing an advanced grammar text book and the author and I cannot decide on whether "reign" is an uncountable noun or not. The sentence is: With Mr Smith gone, her reign could begin. ...
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pattern to predict -ent vs -ant? [duplicate]

Is there any pattern to predict whether to use -ant or -ent, in words such as those below? abundant / attendant / arrogant VS abhorrent / absorbent / dependent I find -ent seems to be more common... ...
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What is the name for the “minor” house on a property

In my neighborhood, most yards have two houses: The major residence where the family lives (usually in the front), and then another house in the back. I thought the second house was called a "guest ...
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Can/Should an adjective and an attributive noun be used to modify the same noun?

I am writing a scientific thesis and wondering about the heading of one of the major parts. The part gives detailed information on experiments (experimental details) that were performed and ...
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What is a word for someone who enjoys discussions? [closed]

Someone who enjoys discussions could be described as?
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Word for a “cell” in a 3×3 matrix

In a 2×2 matrix the intersection of a single row and column can be referred to as a quadrant. Is there a corresponding or more general term for a 3×3 matrix?
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Name for first line of something

Is there a term for the first line of something, whether it's a poem, song, or prose? Addendum: Sometimes, though not always, the first line is the same as the title, such as in Walt Whitman’s poem ...
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Can one say that “sythesization is the process of creating a synthesis”

Synthesize is the verb form of synthesis. That is "to create a synthesis". Is it possible to create a noun again from Synthesize to name the process rather than the product.
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Verb and adjective usage

Since adjectives are used to describe nouns, can verbs be used to describe nouns as well? For example: Two men standing with clenched fists are US athletes. Here fist is a noun and to describe ...
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Verb and noun usage [closed]

Since all nouns can be used as verbs so can all the verbs be used as nouns ? Another query : Is there any sentence possible without a verb ?
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Words that act as both noun and verb

Can all the verbs act as noun and vice versa ?
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What do we call a word that is commonly used as noun but with a less common usage of verb?

For example, in most dictionaries the word "land" shows the noun usage as the 1st entry, and the verb usage as the 2nd. What do we call this kind of word?
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A eulogy for someone who isn't dead? [duplicate]

What's the word for speech that talks about someones achievements, their character etc, like you would in a eulogy, except they're not dead. For example, they might be receiving an award. What do ...
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Ache, 'Countable noun' or 'Uncountable noun'?

I can usually read the sentence like ' I have a headache.' But I think 'ache' is kind of the pain. We can't see the pain and touch the pain. Therefore, I think that it should be 'uncountable noun'. ...
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Hypernym for “business” and “private individual”

An example sentence: Whether, and how much VAT is collected depends on your _________ (private or business) and the country you are located in. Both formal and informal words are welcome. As ...
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“Bid” is to “counterbid” as “quote” is to what?

Bids and counterbids are relevant in auction scenarios. But generally, when a seller/service provider sends a quote to a customer, the customer tends to negotiate. What is the price that the customer ...
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Is the word 'group' singular or plural in sentence: “My group of tenth-graders is/are so well behaved?” [duplicate]

I have read similar questions on this forum and as per best of my knowledge it should be considered plural because it's referring to every student of class. I read this sentence in my grammar book: ...
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What is a gender neutral word to describe an individual? [duplicate]

Before I begin, I'd like to point out that my primary interests aren't actually in literature/linguistics, but within the domain of music. However, I have come accross a problem I feel is of much ...
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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verb, verb noun - structure

I would like to know the rule of this kind of structure and what is it called if it has a name. Example : others say that the students will take ethics seriously only if it is taught as a separate, ...
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Is “fish” starting to be treated as countable? [closed]

Recently, I've passed through a phrase "a fish" in several serious contemporary books on international politics. Is "fish" coming to be used as countable?
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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Is “banker friend” a noun adjunct, or something else?

Consider the sentence: I have a banker friend, and she says that interest rates are going up. Here a banker friend is being used to mean a friend who is a banker. Is there a name for this ...
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British and Canadian but not Coloradan?

In the May 11 issue of this year's New Yorker, the ever-excellent Atul Gawande wrote (emphasis mine): Among those which caught my eye: a British case report on the first 3-D-printed hip implanted ...
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word for “splitting time between various tasks”

What'd be a good word (noun) for "dividing one's time between various tasks"? E.g., when you refer to an employee that works on several projects in a given month, but not necessarily on more than one ...
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a noun meaning: “not received”

I want to write: Please ignore the message stating—noun form of not received—of the mail. What is a single word for the noun form of "not received"?