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An *agent noun* is a noun which identifies the performer of an action, typically derived from the verb for that action. For example, a *writer* is one who *writes*; *writer* is the agent noun.

An agent noun is a noun which identifies the performer of an action, typically derived from the verb for that action. For example, a writer is one who writes; writer is the agent noun.

Also see for suffixes used to form agent nouns in English, most commonly -er and -ist.

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