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

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Why is Lord Alfred Tennyson often written as Alfred Lord Tennyson?

Why is Lord Alfred Tennyson often written as Alfred Lord Tennyson? This occurs with and without a comma after Alfred: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Should Lord precede the entire ...
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Meaning of a verb without much context

If I were to state "I'd like to race a car." with no other context before or after, would that imply that I want to race in a car or that I want to race against one?
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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 ...
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Is headcanon a legitimate word?

I've seen this in use in multiple locations across the interwebs. For instance: My headcanon has always been that physical aging in a Time Lord is a direct product of stress. The definition from ...
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How to use “in” or “on” with nouns and names [on hold]

There are many examples here to use "in" and "on" but I have this basic question that I can't get cleared at all. And my examples are the following: With a noun "Always in the pursuit of the ...
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What do you call a provider who works on a offshore outsourced project?

I just started working online and I want to know the proper term (noun) for that kind of worker. I work for a foreign company from home. They pay me monthly as a full time employee and we have a long ...
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Is “soliciting” in the example sentence an adjective or a noun? [on hold]

In the following sentence, I would like to understand if the word "soliciting" is a noun or an adjective. "Is my reluctance that soliciting?" Here, the word "soliciting" appears to be a kind of ...
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Is there a shorter synonym for “extra-curricular activities”?

I always find the expression "extra-curricular activities" very clumsy.
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Why “thanks” Can Never Be Singular as a Noun?

While looking at the part of speech of the noun "thanks" in an online dictionary I noticed that it was a plural noun and wondered if it could be used in singular form. Glancing at the origin it ...
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How can I fix this paragraph's grammar and punctuation? [on hold]

I am writing an essay so I am trying to fix my mistakes. However one of the the definition of adventure in noun format is ”an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or ...
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Should I capitalize the word 'Web' in this sentence?

A dedicated web server may be required, depending on XXX, YYY, ZZZ, and the total number of concurrent Web users
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What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?

I know that there is a word which specifically describes the following pattern: When a group will censor, cast bad votes, shout down, keep down or hold back one of its members trying to rise above ...
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Better names for single component and composite component

We are developing an equipment system which basically tracks every single component used in bigger structures for a certain industry. We are distinguishing between single components and composite ...
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Can you say “a lot of variety”?

I just want to know whether this sentence is correct: "method A introduces a lot of variety in the structure of X"
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A word to refer to both physical objects and conceptual ideas

If I am referring to a number of concrete objects I can use multiple terms such as bodies, objects, things, etc. If I am referring to a number of abstract concepts I can also use many terms such as ...
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Non-use of Determiners

I have reviewed several related posts here but am still quite confused with the use of determiners. Say, in this sentence - "They reviewed the forms again to ensure completeness and accuracy." What ...
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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 there a form and/or synonym of the gerund “spelling” that can be put into an adverb position such as that of “grammatically”?

That is, how would I go about converting the word "spelling" (as in the spelling of a word) to an adverb that actually sounds right in the blank of "_____-inept"? I'm pretty sure "spellingly" isn't a ...
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Word for a person who lives in the past

Someone who is highly nostalgic and is stuck in the past, better days
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Order of noun + modifying noun

Which one is correct or preferred? The command /reload is... < some description > The /reload command is... < some description >
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Noun for someone with a childlike heart (positive)

What noun could be used to describe someone ingenuous, innocent, with a child like heart?
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What does “the must of dried leaves” mean? [on hold]

Can I say "must" here, means smell? . . . the smell of the air that day: piñon burning somewhere in the distance, the must of dried leaves, the lingering smoke of a campfire clinging to his ...
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Meaning of “flip the script”

I’ve heard the phrase “flip your script” or “flip the script” in various hip-hop songs. What does it mean?
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How to describe humanities students in one word

In several languages, there is a specific, usually rather derogatory word for students of the humanities. Would it be necessary to stick to 'arts students' or 'humanities students' to point out these ...
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“Technology” vs. “a technology”

(Company) develops transactional data technology that aggregates information for payment service providers and merchants. or (Company) develops a transactional data technology that ...
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What do you call a person who loses interest after achieving something?

I know about the term butterfly, but I am looking for something a little different. What do you call a person that is greatly motivated to achieve a goal, but loses interest the second after that ...
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Is “myriad” not prevalent in “day to day speech”? [duplicate]

I have noticed people using "myriad" when they mean "uncountable" or simply many. Is "Myriad" not prevalent in "day to day speech Can it be used for definite but large amount of anything.
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Hypernym for “for sale”, “for rent”, etc

What do you call the category whose members include "For Sale," "For Rent," "For Lease," etc.? To put it another way, how would you fill in the blank: When we see a signage for an apartment for ...
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What is the plural of “scenario”?

What is the plural of "scenario"? I have always used "scenarios", but have recently come across "scenaria" and "scenarii". Should I be treating it as an Italian or Latin word?
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Word to describe someone who rarely gets upset

Is there a word to describe someone who rarely or almost never gets upset/angry? The words that first came to my mind were non-confrontational and stoic, and though they relate, they are not exactly ...
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Adjectival noun - singular or plural or both?

If I intend to use a noun as an adjective, can I use the noun both in plural and singular form? e.g. "noun modifier", "Bacon Batch", "A news reporter", "Sports center", "email address" My feeling is ...
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Something that has dependencies is a

As is often the case, I got stuck while programming because I couldnt' find the right name for a variable. I want to write an interface for a class that has dependencies, but I'm unsure about how to ...
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Word for a owing a free pass on withholding judgement

The word is on the tip of my tongue and I'm pretty sure it ends with "ie or y." The idea is a friend had a gracious attitude when I did something stupid, so now I want to return the favor. So I want ...
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A coffee to go…( for syntax experts)

Could the infinitive phrase "to go" be a complement of the noun phrase "a coffee"?
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is lots or are lots [duplicate]

I've been following the "lot/lots" discussion with regards to singular or plural nouns, but my confusion in listening to English reporters/newscasters/journalists comes when they use "is" instead of ...
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What do you call a woman who is crafty, employs ingenuity in a general range of things like sewing, baking, paper crafts, etc

I'm trying to find a noun that embodies a range of crafty skills. This word would ideally follow my adjective "craftiest" and would describe someone (typically a woman) who could be seen as someone ...
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“Travel” vs. “travels” [closed]

My question is about the formation of a plural form of the noun travel. I have a folder on my PC that contains the photos from my different travels (France, Germany etc.), I want to create a folder ...
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What's a word for a statement that's not quite factual?

What's a word for a statement that's not quite factual? Not quite a myth, but not quite a fact either. Like "truthy" but not an adjective? For example, "scientists are still looking for the missing ...
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Could the “pseudo” adverbial phrases modify the real adverbial phrases?

1)A woman fell 50 feet down a cliff. 2)The project was finished 10 days ahead of the schedule. 3)Emma is 10 years older than Sophie. 4)I finished the project 10 days ago. 1)50 feet/10 days/10 ...
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Word like “sirsee” for an unexpected, usually small, gift?

Throughout our marriage, my wife would occasionally come in from shopping and hand me a bag containing an unexpected gift...anything from a small bag of candy to a shirt. When I'd ask why she got ...
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Is “man” the opposite of “woman”?

I heard someone today say that lad is the opposite of lass. And we picked up a debate on whether woman is actually the opposite of man, which led me to question whether nouns can have opposites at ...
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What is a verb for “illusion”?

What is a verb for illusion? I want to use it in a sentence like the following: The optical effect [illudes] my perception of its real shape. But illude does not exist. But I cannot find illude ...
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How often do people call friends “chum” so that you know they are not actually calling you “chump”?

I am not a native English speaker. If my schoolmate yells at me "Hey chum!", I wonder if they are actually calling me chum or chump. How often is chum being used to refer to friends instead of "Hey ...
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devote herself to caring for poor people vs. devote herself to care for poor people [duplicate]

I came across the following multiple-choice question: She devoted herself to ( ) for poor people. The choices are: caring care be caring have cared As the preposition "to" can be ...
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Criteria is plural, of course, but

I know that criteria is plural, but I am trying to explain a situation in which possibly the set of criterion should be considered singular. In this situation, the set of criterion, called Criteria ...
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what is “a frog on the sly”

there is a cartoon about one old lady who swallowed a fly. in one moment the cat says: "And she had a frog on the sly" What does it mean?
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What are the Names of the People in a Quest? [closed]

In business there is an employer who pays an employee to work. In quests, what is the word for the person who issues the quest? And what is the name of the person who goes on the quest? (Questor ...
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What is a good, short, word to describe a software engineer?

What should I call a person who write software, computer programs ? I know he/she is a software engineer, can I call him/her as "Coder"?
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what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist [closed]

what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist (like community or capital)?... words for which a benign goodness is assumed and no pernicious alternative exists
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Can you use a plural of Life as Life's when using as “Life's Boat” or “Life's Boat's” [duplicate]

Hi I am trying to understand the if it is ever possible to use Life's. I know technically the plural for the word life is Lives but I am still curious. Sorry maybe I am not to clear on it. I would ...