Context: An application can load and save data. These operations have different features.

What sounds more natural in the US English to describe them - "Load features" or "Loading features" ("Save features" or "Saving features")? Maybe other variants?

  • Could they be called load/save options?
    – Jim
    Apr 8, 2022 at 2:50
  • They can. But again, what's better-load options or loading options? 😃
    – Sailor
    Apr 8, 2022 at 3:22

2 Answers 2


Loading features, since you want the verb "to load" to turn into an adjective that describes "features". Just like cleaning supplies, eating utensils.

Load features would make the noun "load" become the adjective, which has a different meaning.

  • Thanks! What's the meaning of the phrase when the noun "load" become the adjective?
    – Sailor
    Apr 8, 2022 at 5:18
  • Well the most common definition is this: the amount of weight carried, especially by a vehicle, a structure such as a bridge, or an animal dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/load
    – Curiosity
    Apr 8, 2022 at 5:27

For a description of an action that can be done (like in a button that does the action when pressed), "load features" is the better way. If it's a progress bar, "loading features" is better because the intent is to be "(the application is) loading features".

  • 1
    Yeah, it's a little bit confusing. I mean, it's a noun and an adjective. "load features" means "the features of the load operation". I'm trying to find a better way how to name them. 😃
    – Sailor
    Apr 8, 2022 at 3:21

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