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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Word for a person using their position to grant favors for personal benefit

I'm looking for a word that means "a person using their position (can be political) to grant favors for personal benefit". I used to know the word but I forgot. I am not thinking of corrupt or ...
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Convert Singular noun to plural noun

I get confused while converting singular noun to its plural form.In compound noun, is there any way to find which word to change into its plural form? Example : General manager , secretary general . ...
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Use of an Article for Performance

The word performance in the broadest sense is a countable noun and hence would require an article. However, what happens in a different context when performance is not countable. Which of these two ...
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Difference between portable, mobile, handheld and wearable devices

What are main differences in portable, mobile, handheld and wearable devices in technical area and what are some examples of devices from each category?
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Is there a term for an adult without children, similar to “orphan” for the other way around?

For a child without any parents, there is a term - orphan. Is there such a term for the opposite - an adult without any children? This question actually comes out of a software development situation ...
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A small sliver of moon rock

In the following sentences, does 'small' function as an adverb or an adjective? Visitors will be astounded at the amazing exhibits; one of these is a small sliver of moon rock that visitors are ...
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commas or period after beginning a sentence with a list of nouns?

Elon Musk, Martin Luther King, and David Goggins[comma/period] What do all of these people have in common? Because the list is a dependent clause it should be a comma right?
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Word to describe person who take actions rather than talking?

exact opposite to 'all talk no action'? I looked up 'activist' but I feel like it's not accurate.
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Is it 'James and his family know' or 'James and his family knows'?

When joining multiple nouns that refer to someone, how does one properly address the lot? I have a feeling it's the first.
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Prepositions and Noun Phrases

does a noun phrase followed by a prepositional phrase form another noun phrase? Example: The road to hell 'The road' and 'hell' form two separate noun phrases. Does, 'The road to hell' ...
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General term for something real as opposed to digital/virtual?

I'm looking for a term that encompasses physical objects, people, processes. Basically everything from the real world as opposed to the digital. I have considered entity, but I am not sure, whether it ...
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“what a + noun” vs “what + noun”

When should I use "what a + noun" and when just "what + noun", in case "what" acts as a determiner? For example: 1a. What a mistake he made! 1b. What mistake he made! 2a. He realizes ...
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I'm looking for the word that says there's such a thing as using too much description

In editing a book I'm trying to find the word to tell the author that there is such a thing as using too many descriptive phrases or too much description. Anyone? Keep thinking alliteration, but that'...
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'Have licence' vs. 'Have /a/ licence'

I wrote in an essay: 'We now have licence to move beyond [an idea].' Grammarly flagged this up, saying that I should add an article before 'licence'. Is this true, or is 'licence' interchangeable with ...
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is “intriguity” an actual word? [closed]

Intriguity as in "the state of being intrigued; curiosity"? I saw it being used by writers multiple times, but now that I wanted to use it myself, I tried searching it up in the dictionaries and ...
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Is it ok to say “call with <person>”

I am trying to find any vocabulary that has some examples of the subj. I am interested in using the "call" as a noun, not verb. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/call https://www....
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Is it correct my use of “Of which” in this sentence [migrated]

I'm using it in a sentence like this one: "there were "X" reports of which "N" were founded" where I'm talking about Investigated reports of complaints or denunciations.
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What's the difference between index and indicator?

My phrase is: "The main (indexes / indicators) of regional development". Which noun should I use? I have searched for any difference in their meanings on the Internet, but didn't find anything ...
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One noun two adjectives [closed]

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? [closed]

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 low lab values vs persistent low lab values?

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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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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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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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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'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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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 ...