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

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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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Definition of a person who “knows not he knows not.”

Is there a word for someone who wants to appear learned or knowledgeable but has no clue he isn't?
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Is there a name for words like Terror in “The Tomb of Terror”?

I know that Terror is a noun, but is there a name for a noun that's used to describe another noun like this?
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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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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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“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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“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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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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Word that covers the following: A single episode of a series, a single movie (in a series of movies or not), an audio track (on an album or not)

As described in the title, I'm searching for a word that covers all this different meanings. All of these meanings are in the field media but that didn't help me finding a word. One first guess of a ...
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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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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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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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What types of words/phrases are “this” “here” & “they”?

I'm currently doing an analytic essay on my drama coursework (fun.). I'd like to explain how the playwright never reveals the exact setting of the act, by using only phrases such as "this","here", and ...
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Nouns that describe actions but are not verb nouns

So I had a little semantics argument where the other side claims, let me quote: They are one in the same, every action is a verb, every verb is an action. I disagree, but not being a native ...
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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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Can you call someone a “leaf blower” without being offensive?

I understand that a leaf blower is the equipment you use to blow leaves. Can you also call the person who uses such an equipment a leaf blower, too? It seems that a "leaf blower" is used sometimes ...
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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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Order of “noun + describing noun”

Which one is correct or preferred? The command /reload is... < some description > The /reload command is... < some description >
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Using past participle vs existent noun form for adjective

There are multiple ways a noun can be described by an adjective by a word that is already an adjective (e.g., big, dark, high, low) by a noun (mushroom house) by a participle (running dogs, painted ...
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...
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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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croak vs croaks vs croaking

I want to write: Do you remember the pond full of frog croaking at night? Or should it be Do you remember the pond full of frogs croaking at night? Or Do you remember the pond of frog ...
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What is the difference between “Distribution Worker” and “Distributing Worker”?

I cannot differentiate when I should use a noun like "distribution" as an adjective to another noun, or when should I use an "-ing" participle as an adjective. Could you please clarify the differences ...
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What is the plural of “Starbucks”?

I was travelling, and I was standing in a spot where I could see three Starbucks shops. Rather than thinking "North American cultural imperialism", my brain had a melt down over what the plural of ...
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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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Can I use the plural form when stating the possession of just one item?

If I want to say I have something without emphasis on the quantity, are both of these sentences ok? I have an apple. I have apples. (I may just have one apple.)
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Receiver of a shared file

What noun describes the person that is the receiver of a shared item? The person that shares the item is the "Sharer", the receiver is the "Sharee"? (I know I can't use this word, it means something ...
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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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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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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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Adjectives and nouns position: before or after?

What's the difference between Rain of Fire and Firerain? Is there a rule for that? For me, the first is literal, you are describing what is raining. The second case would be used to name something, ...
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How do I use “worth” here? Help me, pleaseee

I don't know how to use "worth" here, "if you really like, it's worth it" Is it correct? Thank you!