Questions tagged [nouns]

This tag is for questions about nouns. Nouns are words that refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept. Add this tag to single-word-requests if you are looking for a noun. Add the tag word-usage if you are asking about the usage of the noun.

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One noun two adjectives

I have two notions that are similar the one is called "full group algebra" and the other "reduced group algebra". How do I combine those with an "and"? Can I abbreviate it to "there is the full and ...
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Why don't you say “the” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I asked a friend of mine who lives in France, who isn't so good at speaking the English language, if she has a favorite animal and she answered with: Yes I like the cats. I told her that you don't ...
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Subtle meanings of the noun 'stole', or am I reading too much in to it?

I'm referring to the item of clothing. Not theft. The definitions and descriptions that I've been able to find for the word 'stole' all have some indication of religious context. It always seems ...
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Word that means “something that can be abbreviated”

The two answers that spring to mind are "abbreviable" and "abbreviatable," however neither of them feel correct. Searching the Internet has yielded no conclusive results - dictionaries seem to contain ...
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What's the different between “precaution” and “prevention” in English?

I always confuse "precaution" with "prevention". They are very similar in meaning, but what's different in usage?
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About, around, for

What would be the most correct way to write the sentence below? Should I use 'about' or 'around'? And is the 'for' correct in this case? It will take about/around 1 month for the letter to arrive.
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Specialism or/vs speciality

I had never heard of specialism until I encountered it in some British professional bodies' databases I was researching. I had thought it was a fake word because speciality would be the noun we use ...
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The meaning of “scoots” as noun in Irish slang

In the second season, episode 4 of Derry Girls, in the last two minutes, the girls are caught trying to get rid of 'happy' scones, flushing them through the toilet, which gets clogged. In the next ...
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What is the word for students under the same advisor

I'd like to know what is the word to describe students under the same advisor in graduate program, e.g. PhD program. Normally, students in the same department who attend the same classes are called ...
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Is 'Brie' a proper noun?

Brie is defined in this Oxford Dictionary as follows: A kind of soft, mild, creamy cheese with a firm white skin. Origin Named after Brie in northern France, where it was originally made. ...
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Riches vs richness

Is this sentence wrong, and why? My richness is having friends. A friend of mine corrected me in: My riches are having friends. Thanks. A bit of context. I wanted to say that my friends are my ...
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Debussy as term for bathroom?

In Michael Bishop's SF book Transfigurations (1979), the author (in the course of the narration by the main character) refers in several instances to one or another "debussy", by which he evidently ...
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Is it really correct to say that some nouns are countable and others are uncountable?

It is generally accepted practice in linguistics that common nouns are classified into count nouns (aka, countable nouns) and non-count nouns (aka, uncountable nouns or mass nouns). For example, in ...
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Equivalent Proverb in English

There is a proverb in Urdu, "Bacha bola nahi bola nahi muh khola to Amma maro Bawa maro bola". This could be translated as, the kid never spoke, but when he did, (to his concerned parents shock) he ...
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What is a word that properly describes a distrust towards anything fast and easy?

What is a word that describes a distrust/disgust against "fast and easy" or "something for nothing" thank you all for your time
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Is there a word for the noun modified by an adjective?

In the sentence "Jack saw John and helped him" we would say that "John" is the antecedent of the pronoun "him". In "I saw a blue sky", what is "sky" with respect to "blue". Object? Modifiee?
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Is the “The Pirate King” another structure of “The King of Pirates”, interchangeably or “Pirate” is like an adj., meaning “The King that is a pirate”?

I have ambiguity with the meaning of some compound nouns, especially in the form noun+noun like: "The Pirate King", "The Lion King", "The Pirate Bay" and so on. EDITED: to put it in context: ...
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nouns and prepositions inside infinitives

Two phrases from English-Russian dictionary of mechanical engineering and automation: to face harden to through harden That is we have the noun "face" and the preposition "through" inside the ...
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Why do we sometimes use nouns without articles?

Why is the adjective "nonsensical" not used in the following sentence? And why is the noun form correct? Why do we never use an article before the word "nonsense"? Isn't it a noun? has it something to ...
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Capitalisation of establishment

I've read several pieces about capitalisation of the word 'government' in different scenarios, but how about with the word 'establishment,' as in "the British establishment of the day condemned the ...
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Persistently isolated low lab parameter or isolated persistently low lab parameter?

I cannot seem to find the best way to express this, both in terms of grammar and "correct sounding" feel to English/American readers (which I am not). So, this is the scenario: the serum ...
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For “The Nicest Reasons” or “of Reasons” [migrated]

What is the difference between the two sentences below: They did it for the nicest reasons They did it for the nicest of reasons from the meaning perspective? Note: I see that someone ...
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Is there a word for somebody who's fond of hard alcohol as opposed to beer or wine? [closed]

I'm currently writing a birthday invitation in which I want to state that I'll also provide hard alcohol for those who prefer it over beer. Is there a word to describe people with this preference? ...
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Hypernym for plant, insect, and fungus

What noun encompasses all three of these: a plant, fungus, or insect.
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Is the word 'home" never an adverb?

He is home He is at home He went home I know that in the sentence 1 and 3 the word home is considered an adverb and in the sentence 2, home is considered a noun. According to Rod Mitchell, ...
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“noun of noun” vs. “noun+noun” using proper noun

I know that this topic was already debated several times. I searched in this site too before but I think this question is different. Can I say, for example of course, " Canada beauty" instead of ...
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Usage of 'the' before CdS crystal

Key to suppressing the photocorrosion was reported to be the in situ generation of Prussian white analogue complex CdFe-PW on the surface of the CdS crystals.
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A person who moves from place to place in search of opportunity [duplicate]

I move in search of opportunity. When I was young, my father worked for the government, and we moved because of his posting. Then I moved to a different city so I could get cheap education. Later, ...
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About repeating nouns, adjs, and prepositions

Example 1: Historical economic data, meteorological data, and hydrological data were collected from various sources. Data referred here are all historical data. Should I repeat historical, and are ...
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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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The manager asked me for ______ (a cheque/ a leaf of cheque)

Is cheque the plural form of 'leaf of cheque'?
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Singular or plural verb form

I have problems with this sentence. "Two weeks off work sounds great or sound great". What form of the verb should I use in this case (and in similar sentences), if "weeks" is a plural noun?
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Our sales department vs Our Sales Department

Do you capitalise the name of a department after a possessive determiner e.g. "Our Sales Department received a purchase order from you" or it does not matter? Thanks
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'Us students' - Does this apposition need a comma?

Can a pronoun be used in apposition without comma? A few of us students have participated in the match. This sentence looks quite awkward at first glance. Is this sentence gramatically correct? I ...
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Is there any grammatical or semantic error in the following sentences?

I come across the following sentences in an exercise question. It seems to me that directly using "poor risks", "average risks", and "good risks" to represent companies in the poor-risk category, ...
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Exact meaning of “star” for laypersons, meaning a celestial object?

I'm not a native speaker of English. The word "star", as a celestial object, is usually (or nearly always) defined as, well, e.g. the Sun, Sirius etc in dictionaries. However, it seems unnatural to ...
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Specifying a proper noun after a general noun

Consider this example sentence: The proceeds go to the non-profit organizations Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Children's International. Is "the" needed before "non-profit organizations"? Is ...
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Noun for a persons overall financial status

I am looking for a noun that encompasses the abstract idea of a persons overall financial status. For example, a persons body (a noun that describes his/her physical presence) can have a disease ...
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Stupid and/or stupidly

As I understand the word 'stupid' is used as a noun, an adjective and as an adverb. However there is also the word 'stupidly' of which I think that's the proper adverb, but it is hardly used. Common ...
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Looking for a certain gender-neutral word [duplicate]

This is going to be a bit tricky to ask correctly, so sorry for making you read long, carefully crafted sentences! Sorry if it seem like excess (and it kinda is, but better safe than sorry, as I don't ...
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Is there a word for Condescending , Fake Empathy? [duplicate]

I am looking for a word to describe the situation : A poor person describes his struggles of poverty, while a middle-class (economically speaking) lady is faking her empathy to the man – and the ...
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What is the name of this type of adjective?

Okay, I've been wondering this for a while. There's a specific type of adjective, and it seems to me that it should have a name, but I'm not sure if it does. It's the class of adjectives that can be ...
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Nouns which change meaning in question/statement form

Most questions, when converted into statements, retain their overall "meaning", i.e. the statement is asserting what the question is asking. Question: Can you grate the pears? Assertion: You ...
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What does “lassar” mean in “The Most Dangerous Game”?

In the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" (1924) by Richard Connell, Zaroff says I hunt the scum of the earth: sailors from tramp ships—lassars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels—a thoroughbred ...
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an adjective after a noun [duplicate]

I have faced the following sentence: "The work leverages features unique to a particular platform." As far as I know an adjective is used before a noun but how can we say "features unique"? I think ...
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Using a noun phrase or a verb phrase as topic sentence

Can I start a topic sentence with a verb phrase or a noun phrase? For example: Firstly, improve their eating habits. .... Secondly, improve their physical lifestyles. ... or Firstly, the ...
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What does an operative operate?

I’m trying to come up with a word which describes the thing an operative operates upon. That is, the target of the operation. For example, if a surgeon operates on a patient, and a chauffeur operates ...
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Use of a possessive noun in place of a location

My friend and I have been arguing about the following sentence: "I left my trainers at my relatives’ in London" He believes this is correct as colloquially it is obvious that he has left his ...
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What's the noun for a team or person that is qualified in a tournament?

A team or person that passes the qualification rounds is then a... what? A qualifee? A qualitee? "Qualified team" is not what I'm looking for. Neither is contender or candidate since that doesn't ...