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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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Can multiple adjectives in between and/or can refer to noun at the end

On this format: the <adjective> and/or <adjective> <noun> => Does the stands for both adjectives? or should I use the right before both adjectives? => Does both adjectives ...
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Is there a word that describes someone who likes roller coasters?

There are words you can use to call people who love movies (cinephile) or who are fond of France (francophile), but is there a word to call those who loves roller coasters or theme parks?
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Use of 'amount of' to adject a noun

I'm writing documentation for program source code, and I'm wondering if use of amount of in transfer amount of 'value' tokens from A to B is valid, where 'value' is numerical variable. (e.g. 'value' ...
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What is the correct answer confidence or confident? [closed]

When you speak in public, you need to show (confidence/confident) even if you are nervous, you should look as if you are not
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“All of these things combined” create … or creates?

Is "all of these things combined" singular or plural? To me, if they are combined, they are one thing. But I see more usage of a plural form ("All of these things combined create") than the singular (...
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A word's different meanings in a sentence

The image of God is one thing, and that which is contemplated in the image is another. I'm not sure but it seems the two "image" in the sentence have different meanings from each other. in my opinion ...
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Can one use 'man' like one can use 'woman' as an adjective?

As a consciously feminist act so that women are not reduced to their reproductive capacities, the word 'woman', which is generally accepted and used cheifly as a noun, is used in place of the word '...
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List of “criminal epithets” [closed]

I am looking for a list of (generally derogatory, but not always) names used to describe criminals by their offense. Some examples: "murderer" "rapist" "pirate" "killer" "traitor" "thief" "spy" "...
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Type of noun from the sentence [closed]

"Seeing the baby the mother rose in her." Is the word 'mother' in the above sentence a: (a) Common Noun (b) Abstract Noun (c) Proper Noun (d) Collective Noun
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Evening and night in English

How does the division into evening and day in English? Is there a certain time when evening and night begin?
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Is there a name of the flying bionic bird?

I have seen this flying robotic bird on youtube few days ago. Unlike other flying machines/robots, it flaps its wing to fly. Doing google, I came to know that they are called bionic bird. But, ...
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Is there a technique used when someone splits a compound noun into two parts?

My student has asked whether the splitting of the compound word keyhole into key hole is a particular literary technique. I didn't know! It's relevant to the text, as it is about disconnection and ...
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Which noun mean learning by social contact

I would like to know what is the english noun that mean learing by social contact?? For example, children learn some ethical social values by associating in several social activity thanks
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Name for a singular noun that is used like a plural? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a noun that is singular but can be used like it is plural? For example... Q: How is your team doing? A: They are doing great. Or Manchester United are at the top of ...
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Is virus a countable or non-countable noun?

I have read that virus is both a countable and non-countable noun. I am therefore unsure which of the following is grammatically correct. There are six types of computer virus available. There are ...
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Can you use the word “Concomitant” as a synonym for “Coworker”? [closed]

I am writing a novel and I recently discovered this word. From my understanding, the definition sounds broad enough to be able to use this word loosely in place of co-workers. For Example: With ...
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(Edited) What is the noun for ''the way of thinking about what could have happened in the past all the time'' [closed]

in short the noun defines 'thinking and talking about what ifs a lot' Edit: Unfortunately none of the answers came with the word i'm looking for and I'm sorry I was not fully prepared when I first ...
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When paying a bill, what is the Collective noun for a set of installments?

As a merchant who is charging a customer, I want to let them pay me over a series of instalments rather than in one lump sum. For example: $25 a month for 4 months rather than $100 up-front. What is ...
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Usual combinations of nouns/verbs and prepositions

Following Macmillan Dictionary, we can find out that word list can be used together with the preposition of (example sentence: A list of the world’s richest people). We are looking for a collection ...
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What are the rules for what “they” refers to when there are two plural nouns in a sentence?

Some examples: The Wilsons are angry at the Smiths for the way they parked their car. The Wilsons haven't hated this Smiths this much since they moved. The South hasn't hated the North this much ...
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What is the word for a person who counts? [closed]

What is the single word for a person who counts?
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Singular and plural terms (nouns) in a sentence

I have a sentence as follows: 'The contribution of different timescale components to the annual mean surface temperature... Should this be 'contribution' or 'contributions'? In this case, each ...
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What is the word to describe “annoying but commonly accepted”? [closed]

For example: You're searching for your wedding location. You google, called, email - go through all the process of finding the perfect location. It's super annoying but at the same time you accept ...
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Is it “No band practice” or “No band practise” in British English? [duplicate]

I understand that one is a noun and one is a verb. But is it correct to say "There is no band practice today" or "There is no band practise today" UPDATE: I am not asking for the correct spelling of ...
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“Making music” and “music making” as a noun

I have always been wondering if one of these forms is more correct in formal writing: The verb-ing + noun form and the noun + verb-ing form. For example: Making music is a skill anyone can learn. ...
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The noun acting as adjective

Sometimes a noun can describe another noun (ex. mountain bike), usually adjectives are used to describe a noun. But there is also a possibility to create an adjective from the noun. What makes that ...
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Illness and plants

Can I use the word "illness" when it comes to plants? I've never heard of a plant having an "illness" only a "disease" but another editor doubts this. I can't find a credible source to prove which one ...
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A place that is away from your normal life?

How do you describe, using a noun, a place you can escape from your old life but only temporarily. It kinda feels like a summer house, but bears no relevance to the seasons. I have thought about the ...
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1-1 correspondence

This case really bothers me while I am speaking. Here is the situation: I have a group of four students. Each has the textbook named "Gandhi Readers". So, there are four textbooks, yet there is only ...
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Is there a linguistic term for using a common noun as a proper noun?

In some situations, a common noun in a specific scenario is treated as a proper noun because it refers to a specific entity that satisfies the common noun. Is there a special term for this ...
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Grocery or Goods

Grocery - items of food sold in a grocery store (Google). But suppose I bought a few cleaning items along with the food stuff can the collection still be called grocery? Or maybe goods ?
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Why doesn't this Google Translate ad use the word “Translation” instead of “Translate”?

To my knowledge, "Translate" is a verb and not a noun. So why does the above advertisement by Google uses a verb? I mean why not "Translation Community"?
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Use “Expressive” as a noun in company name/title [closed]

I'm aware that "expressive" is an adjective in normal use. However, I wonder what the leeway on stylistic liberties might be on it's use as a noun or title for a business/organization in the vein of "...
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Meaning of “whip” in a song by The Fold [closed]

My kids watch the "Lego NinjaGo" series and have been asking me about the title song, called "Weekend Whip" by The Fold. As much as I tried looking for the meaning of the word "whip" in the context of ...
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Alternate use of “Curation” as a noun

Stylistically, can "Curation" be used as a noun to describe the items being curated, instead of the act of curating? (e.g., a curation, these selected curations, etc.)
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Which is proper in this sentence: ‘assurance’ or ‘assurances’

Then suddenly, despite all their ______ (assurance/ assurances), they broke the agreement and signed a deal with a rival company. I’m not sure which form of the word ‘assurance’ should be taken in ...
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“1º Noun + 2º Noun ” or “2º Noun + of the + 1º Noun”?

I know this must be a simple question, but I really can't find (probably I don't know how express this question to search in google) the explanation for this. In the phrase: Full Coverage of the ...
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“names of countries” “name of country” “names of country” and “name of countries” what are the differences?

"Names of countries" - meaning names of many countries ? i.e. To list the names of countries, Brazil, Singapore, Africa, and America (is the usage correct?) "name of country" - meaning name of one ...
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What is the “class-noun” for online and offline?

If something can either be yellow or red, green, blue, then its "redness" or "yellowness" "class-noun" would be its COLOR. If something can either be fast or slow, then its "fastness" or "slowness" "...
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The use of reflexive pronouns [closed]

I am currently doing homework for a linguistics course I am taking. The question is about creating a rule to make confirm if certain sentences are grammatical or ungrammatical. Here are some ...
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What is the term for “overlooking words with letters written in reverse”?

If I recall correctly, there is a term in English which refers to the phenomenon /behavior where people are unable to tell, at a glance or when skimming through an article, a misspelled word because ...
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What are the female and gender-neutral equivalents of ‘henpecked husband’

Inspired by this question, what are are the feminine and gender-neutral equivalents of a ‘henpecked husband’? Would it be correct to say ‘cockpecked wife’ (even though that sounds dreadful) and ‘...
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“She looked at me, impressed” in search of another word for impressed

She looked at me in _________ [noun implying impressed]. But this isn't how I want to word it. What I want to write, is, "Her eyes widened as her eyebrows raised and she drooped her bottom lip in [...
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What is western persimmon?

I saw western persimmon in Leaves of Grass by the 19th-century American writer Walt Whitman. If you google it, you realize that American persimmon is also called common persimmon and eastern persimmon....
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Meaning of 'calcination' figuratively [closed]

I'd like to know the meaning of 'calcination' here: Chinese civilization is one of the world’s ancient calcinations. From advantour.com
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implied subject within a noun clause

I recently came across a sentence in an academic text that was similar in structure to "I eat what is considered healthy." I interpreted the grammar as "what is considered healthy" being a noun clause....
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Is something “candidate” or “candidated” to become a standard?

The context is technical in the IT field. Taking for example the https protocol would you say: The https protocol is candidate to become in the main standard or The https protocol is candidated to ...
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Electricity withdrawal

We commonly say "electricity consumption" for both : the electric energy actually consumed by appliances the electric energy drawn from the grid by a house, measured by a meter (what appears on your ...
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Can “removal” mean to move **to** a different place in contexts other than furniture, etc.?

The OLD includes the following meaning for the noun "removal" in British English: an act of taking furniture, etc. from one house to another Is the use of this noun with a similar meaning in ...
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Is “drool” used correctly here? “I am all drools for this library”

I need to understand, is 'drool' also used to express how you are in awe of something. Like, is this sentence right? I am all drools for this library. It has a great collection of books. Correct ...