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Can an abbreviation of a verb be classified as a nominalisation?

For example, in the abbreviation for the fictional organisation "SCP Foundation", "SCP" is short for "Secure, Contain, Protect." Would this classify the term "SCP&...
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The distribution of *by*-phrases in complex nominals

I was recently reading page 39 of Surface Structure [1980] by Robert Fiengo when I stumbled upon the following dataset: (1a) The suggestion of a different tactic by John (1b) *The suggestion of depth ...
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Is "nearbys" the right word to express "places/ objects that are nearby"? Or does a better word exist?

This came up in a programming context. A group of objects, that are nearby another one, was simply called: nearbys These could be actual places/ locations or really random objects. This raised ...
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Are nominal adjectives and fused-head NP just two different explanations for the same thing?

Are nominal adjectives and fused-head NP (e.g. "the poor") just two different ways of describing the same thing, or is one considered a subset of the other, or are they different types of ...
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How do I identify a Nominalization so I can replace it with an Action Verb?

I'm taking a course on Plain Language and they state that Nominalizations are bad as they make a sentence longer. (There are a whole 12 people taking the course). The course states that ...
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Nominalization of "impoverished"

Is there any rule stating what kind of adjectives can be nominalized (i.e. used as nouns)? I did some googling but could not find any examples of "impoverished" being used as a noun (e.g. housing for ...
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About adjectives used as noun

There are some adjectives like valuable and rich has used as a noun as Riches Valuables. But the meaning of these adjectives used as a noun is different . Is there any other adjectives are there which ...
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Is sentence "I am a Chinese" correct?

I read from an article about this confusing sentence. since Chinese is both adj and noun,I suppose "I am a Chinese" is grammatically correct just like "I am an American"? Do native speakers prefer ...
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Why can "dispute" be both verb and noun, but "refute" only a verb?

The word dispute be used as a verb or a noun: Do not dispute me on this. The dispute was settled quickly. However, the word refute can be used only as a verb: I shall refute this claim. The only ...
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-ness words as count nouns?

I came across this sentence in a book: He was astonishingly humble, exhibited great charitableness and such a sweetness and meekness that he would often shed tears at a sad story. It seems strange ...
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-able & -ability usage: Why can't "searchability" be a word? (Or can it?)

Sometimes I edit a question title on Stack Exchange in order to make it more clear and easier for users to find it when searching. In the comment field I usually enter: "Title edited for clarity and ...
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Is 'Japanese' in 'the Japanese' (people from Japan collectively) a noun or an adjective?

Oxford Dictionaries classify 'Japanese' in 'the Japanese,' meaning people from Japan collectively, as a noun although some people I consulted insist it is an adjective. They base it on the examples '...
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A verb used as an adjective used as a noun used as an adjective?

The Question: Is it acceptable to use a nominalized participle as an adjective? A participle is a verb form used as an adjective; examples include the running man and the caught ball, as well as (...
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Can I say "A Chinese" in English?

I can say "An American" or "A Frenchman", however, can I say "A Chinese" like that? Does it sound weird?
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Do words that act as nouns and adjectives in the same form constitute a particular part of speech class?

I'm looking for words similar to female, that can act as nouns and adjectives, but a) can so so only without changing form, and b) are unable to act as other parts of speech. Is there a class or ...
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‘Responsible’ as a noun

In Scandinavian languages, ‘ansvarig’ is an adjective which means ‘responsible’, but is also often used as a noun to denote a role. E.g., every university course has a ‘kursansvarig’. People typically ...
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"Basket of Deplorables"

I never heard of the idiom "basket of deplorables" and did´t find it anywhere.. could someone explain it? The meaning of deplorable according to my dictionary (as adjective): deserving strong ...
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Is this usage of "short-lived" common?

In a Last Week Tonight's segment on Ashley Madison, a married dating site, you can see John Oliver saying “Life is short. Have an affair. That is the most morally dubious slogan since Toyota’s ...
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Nominalization for "to address" [closed]

is there a nominalization of the verb "to address"? As in "They have addressed the issue in a recent statement. What is their ____ ?" Thanks
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"critical" nominalization [closed]

I'm looking for the nominalization of the adjective "critical". Basically, a noun synonymous with the following: The extent to which a particular issue or item is critical or vital Any ideas? ...
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What is the nominal form of the verb "to give"?

Normally one can add -tion or -ation to a verb to make it nominal, but that nominalization doesn't work for "give". Is there a nominalized form of "to give"? If not, is there a word that could serve ...
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Term for Making a New Word that is the Same Part of Speech as its Root

Recently, I've been noticing that in casual speech people often unwittingly create new words from standard English words that are (a) of the same part of speech as the standard word and (b) meant to ...
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Nominalizations and the missing "the"

This guide equips you with a strategy to ease adoption of a new technology within your organization. Assume that I want to keep this noun (adoption). Is the article "the" missing here? Should it be ...
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Is 'overreach' just a verb?

Reading an article on the New York Times website, I came across the verb 'overreach' functioning as a noun. I immediately looked it up on the net and apparently it's just a verb, so I wanted to know ...
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What are some examples of “zombie nouns and verbs”?

This is one of the New York Times writing rules.I don't know exactly what “zombie nouns” and verbs mean here. Can someone give some examples? Rule 6: Write With Non-Zombie Nouns and Verbs Delve into ...
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using "the"+adj without a noun

Is the following sentence good/legal/understood English? Meditation melts the coarse and solidifies the subtle. If it isn't, how can this be otherwise expressed, in a neat and concise way?
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Rules for nominalizing a verb

To nominalize a verb, you sometimes use the gerund. to happen --> a happening Sometimes it's a different word. to arrive --> an arrival so we don't write to arrive --> an *arriving Is ...
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When to nominalize?

When is it correct to use nominalizations? (Isn't nominalization a nominalization?) It seems the main problem is that they tend to mislead the reader. It is appealing to think that "being" and "...
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Is "agreeance" a proper word?

Many people in my area use the word "agreeance" and I find it irksome. Dictionary.com seems to be in agreement with me (har har): http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/agreeance Main Entry: ...
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