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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does the incorrect plural “aircrafts” seem to be occurring more often?

My first reaction to aircrafts was to think it was a typo, but I just checked usage on NGrams... ...and compared it to usage for the singular / collective noun form aircraft... ...which seems to ...
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Is it correct to ask “who needs a *dragons* ”? [migrated]

According to the title of this question... Who needs a dragons Is it "a dragons" or just "dragons"? And "need" or "needs"?
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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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The article “a/an” with uncountable nouns

Sometimes I read in books sentences where uncountable nouns are used with the article "a/an". For example "She fades like a dew before the sun". Is it out of the common rules? P.S.: Sorry if this ...
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“Intense stress” vs. “high stress” [on hold]

Capable of performing under intense stress without compromising quality of service. Capable of performing under high stress without compromising quality of service. Which is best suited ...
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Word for a “decorated item”

Is there a single word for something that is subject to a decoration? Is it something like "decoree"? EDIT: I want to give an explanation what I need this word for. I am currently developing a ...
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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 someone tell me if i am right in identifying the odd word out from these group of words? [on hold]

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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Word for “to wrong by treating the same?”

I was wondering if there is a word for treating a group the same as another, even though they have different needs. It would be a bit like an antonym of discrimination, but most antonyms of ...
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one of my “innovations” or “innovation”? [on hold]

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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Difference between the use of “resilience” and “resiliency”

I constantly hear people use the word "resiliency" (especially sports broadcasters and the like). I've always used "resilience" instead. Is there a preferred word to use in any given situation? As ...
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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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What is the opposite of “personification”?

I want a word that means the opposite of personification. What is the correct word for describing people with the characteristics of an object/as if they are objects? I found the word chremamorphism ...
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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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“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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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 are the differences of store(n.) and storage(n.)? [on hold]

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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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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Using “disable” as a noun

It seems the noun derived from the verb "disable" is disablement. "Disablement time" or "disablement duration" sounds a little awkward to me though. "Disable time" sounds better, and also gives much ...
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Independence vs. Independency

Most often used is "independence" as far as I know, however what is the difference? I only found a question about "dependence vs. dependency" where is said that "dependence" describes the quality ...
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What is the difference between taking courses, classes or lessons?

Currently, I am preparing a letter of my study objectives for an university application. I ask myself what is the exact difference between the following terms? Or can I use them synonymously? taking ...
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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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What is the difference between “specialist” and “expert”? [closed]

What is the difference between "specialist" and "expert"? I want to know the difference in detail
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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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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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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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What metaphor can I use for a collection of notes/facts?

I'm trying to come up with a metaphor that represents a collection of facts/notes around one thing. I've tried "deck" and "notebook" but they don't really work. Any ideas?
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“Napkin” vs. “tissue”

I have suddenly found out that Chinese people use the word tissue instead of the word napkin. Before I checked that word in the dictionary I couldn't understand what they are talking about. Is there ...
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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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small sense of joy/novelty from shared (http) links

I know I saw a word a few years ago used to describe the small sense of joy/novelty/excitement we exchange when we send/receive cool links with others. Now, I can't recall the word, or where I saw it. ...
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“Dependence” vs. “dependency”

These are two words that have baffled me for long. Dependency is given as 'excessive dependence' in Chambers, but I would love to know how the spoken usage is. My guess is dependency has a political ...
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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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“Cut into halves” vs. “cut in half”

It’s easy to cut a rectangle into halves. This will cut both rectangles in half. What is the difference between halves and half? There are two answers, and it’s best to get both. "It’s ...
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Is “swimming” a gerund in “I went swimming”?

What is the function of swimming in the following sentence? I went swimming with some friends yesterday. Is swimming a gerund here? If it is, what is the grammatical function?
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What's the best word that can be used to describe level of activeness?

I'm looking for a word that can be used in a question like "how is his * right now?", where a possible answer is 'calm'. Another example is: Person 1: Calm down! Person 2: My * is none of your ...
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What do you call someone who lives for himself?

What do you call someone who lives for himself? If someone lives his life solely to achieve his own life goals and not want to associate his life with others', what would you call him? I know some of ...
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What is a group of dragonflies?

As per title, what is the name of a group of dragonflies? Some friends say it is a mob, some say it is a hover. Anyone?
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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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Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...
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When and how did “fail” become a noun?

Does anyone know when and how fail became a noun? I'd love to see one of those charts that shows the date of origin and subsequent growth of this usage.
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Clause and noun as subject in a sentence

Can I use both a clause and a noun as the subject of a sentence? For example: How the factors interact and their compound impact are not well understood. I find the meaning is clear but the ...