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Word for “parts of a plant”

Is there a word that means “plant part”? As in, “member/organ is to body as ______ is to plant”. Root, stalk, leaf, petal, stamen, are all what?
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What is the plural of “detective sergeant”?

What is the plural of "detective sergeant". In an episode of Endeavour, Series 5, episode 4, Superintendent Bright used "detectives sergeant" but this seems wrong, you wouldn't say "chiefs inspector" ...
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Push-lock door?

What do you call a door that opens, closes and locks with a gentle push? Like the one you find on some cabinets or glove compartments. Push-lock door? Springing door? Magnetic door?
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Which is right? [on hold]

The brown hair girl is my sister The brown haired girl is my sister Edit: I had had a English class before and the topic was about noun. I had asked the lecturer why we don't put "-ed" in the hair. ...
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What is a person who owes you a favour called? [closed]

First of all, English is not my mother tongue. Secondly, I was wondering if there is such a word in the English language that describes a person, who owes you some favour (not really money tho). Like,...
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Difference between “Do you like latte?” and “Do you like lattes?”?

I was having this debate with a friend. She would ask “do you like latte?” When asking me if I liked the drink latte. I explained it would be “do you like lattes?”. However, she then asked “how come ...
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history of the ___ VS. history of _____

I need to fix a title of an article: which sentence is correct? History of Wall Calendar Design History of the Wall Calendar Design History of the Wall Calendar History of Wall Calendar where the ...
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Word for the thief's key that can unlock anything

Is there any specific word that describes or denotes a key, which helps thief to steal anything and anywhere, no matter what kind of lock there is. In a nut shell that key can unlock any locks e.g. of ...
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“draft invoice” or “upcoming invoice”?

If I have a provisional document that is listing the items that will be billed for this month (subject to change, because the month is not yet finished), then what is the better term? "draft invoice" ...
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“Continuous walk” or “Continuous walking”?

The full sentence is "30 minutes of continuous Walk." or "30 Minutes of Continuous Walking." Thanks.
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What is a hobbyist who collects old newspapers called?

Is there an English word for someone who collects newspapers as a hobby eg. a philatelist collects stamps, a ..... collects newspapers. Thank you.
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Which one is a better term: a men-hater, a men hater or a man hater? [on hold]

Which one is a better term to describe a person who has a hatred towards men: a men-hater, a men hater or a man hater? In the Corpus of Contemporary American English there are such combinations like "...
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How do you refer to plural nouns? [migrated]

I'm wondering how I can refer to a plural noun in the following sentence. I lost my glasses. I need to get one. (Talking about a single pair of glasses) Since "glasses" is plural, I assume one ...
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How do we say the name of a people plurally? [migrated]

I am writing an essay and I came across an event to describe in which I have to name the whole population of Spain doing something. Do I say"the Spanishes" or "the Spanish"?
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A noun that describes the possession of esoteric knowledge

I'm trying to come up with a noun that is more descriptive (or at least carries more tone) than "knowledge" and more succinct than "esoteric knowledge and trivia". Rather than saying "this person ...
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Word that means something despised, strongly avoided, or strongly disliked? [closed]

I know of many words that explain this feeling (abhorrence, enmity, etc for stronger examples) but what is a word that would be the object of these? As in, what word could be used as an object that ...
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Can we use “soar” as a noun?

Is this sentence grammatically right:"In 2030, petrol and oil are expected to see a soar in its consumption and still maitain its leading position". I have looked up the word "soar" in several ...
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Noun of “analysis-friendly”

I am drafting the following sentence: We would like to adopt XXX given its much better readability and "analysis-friendly". Obviously, analysis-friendly shall be used as an adjective, not like ...
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A word denoting the sound of turning pages

The two words (adjectives) I found in Yahoo Answers site, that perhaps (I am not sure) describe the sound of turning pages, when they rifled by the wind: fluttering and flapping. Other than those ...
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What is the correct term to describe “An animal with the ability to fly”?

After searching I couldn't find anything, with the closest depiction being a pilot. "___ animals have a different form of locomotion to aquatic or terrestrial animals."
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Use of a plural noun as an adjective.

We say the school of official languages, namely 2 (Fr/En) However, if we turn the structure around, should we write - Official languages school or - Official language school?
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Can I use the word “sense” in this case?

I'm writing an article and I'm in doubt about the sentence below. Basically, uncanny valley "is a hypothesized relationship between the degree of an object's resemblance to a human being and the ...
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Need for -ing verb or noun

Can I use the -ing form after 'need for'? Or should I only use a noun? Or are both correct? eg: there's a need for equipment rehabilitation there's a need for rehabilitating equipment
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Is there a word that describes an alienated parent?

I read the following article on noun to describe a grieving parent. Word for grieving parents? It suddenly dawn upon me there is no noun to described a parent alienated from their own children. What ...
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Why is the genitive case necessary/unecessary in the examples below?

I speak English as a second language, and I ran into something this week that I couldn't explain, even though I could understand its meaning. While reading an artcle entitled "More people now ...
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“who is doing the manipulating” or “who is doing the manipulation”?

In another thread I've opened,there was this comment: Both are ambiguous with regard to who is doing the manipulating and who is being manipulated why say "who is doing the manipulating" ...
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media manipulation vs media manipulating as in “Media manipulating is a sign of the times”.What is the correct way?

What is the correct way of saying that the Media is manipulated? Media manipulation or Media manipulating. Manipulation is a noun, so is the second form (-ing) necessary ?
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Is there a word for when a logo uses an image for one of the letters?

There's a million examples of this, but the one that comes to mind is "smoke shop" with images of pipes in place of the "S"s, like this: Is there a word for this? Edit, September 26, 2018 Thanks, @...
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Is there a word for the ability to see through deception? [closed]

Is there a word for the skill, talent, or ability (or the study of being able) to detect lies, observe/identify tells (like in poker), and see through deception with relative ease? Whether ...
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Noun for the act of withholding?

Merriam gives me "withholder", which is indeed a noun, but not for the act. Sample use in a sentence: "Even private schools have some contact with the outside world, preventing the withholdment (...
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Double O patterns

I realised a few years ago how many words there are that have 2 'o's next to each other that mean something circular or at least very close to circular, as if the shape of the object may in some way ...
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What is the word for a third idea/concept created, combining aspects from two opposing ideas

When there are two opposing ideas/concepts, and then a third idea/concept is created which combines aspects from both original ideas, what is that third idea called? For example, in psychology, Freud'...
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Studies done on “best” way to organize adjectives around nouns for comprehension

Wondering if there is any research done on the "best" way to organize adjectives around nouns to improve comprehension. There are ways of writing that facilitate comprehension, and ways of writing ...
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When to use “A” before a proper noun? [duplicate]

I wonder if we can put "A" before a proper noun. Here's an example I found on Google: As a Vietnam veteran I remembered that it was 16 years after my tour in Vietnam. I wish to know why the author ...
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How to use another word or other words to replace “extent” in a given sentence?

This is the given sentence: Usability: “The extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a specified context ...
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Can I call a lifeless thing the ancestor of another lifeless thing?

If the title is not understandable, I meant can I call for example a rock ancestor of something? I saw that the ancestor form is used for animals, plants or humans, but not for insentient stuff. For ...
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Much or Many for Money? [migrated]

I was taught that "much" was used for the uncountable nouns and "many" was used for the countable ones. So, why do people often use phrases such as "too much money" or "so much money"? Are these ...
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Can I use “Never Complete”

For a small community text book I wanted to use this as a title - "Coding" and with a sub title - "Never Complete". Is this subtitle grammatically correct?
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Mizzle and drizzle

Mizzle is a dialect word for drizzle. Where and how often is it used? Please read the sentence I have found: There's mizzling and there's drizzle. As far as I know, mizzle and drizzle mean the ...
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Is this part of the sentence ambiguous?

I've negotiated the terms of my employment contract and have inserted the following sentence into the contract... No after-hours or post-employment restrictions and obligations other than what is ...
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Burgers with all the trimmings

I have an old-fashioned image in my kitchen, probably America-in-the-50s style, with a drawing of a burger costing 50 cents and the following text: Burgers with all the trimmings I didn't know ...
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What is the most appropriate word to describe the phenomenon of many church bells ringing concurrently?

Usually in celebration of a wedding or Christmas morning? Although I know I've read a word that describes this event exactly, I can't recall where or when. I've polled some pals and gotten "jubilee ...
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What do you call a word with affixes? [closed]

Is it an affixed word? Affixated word? Affixation results in a ______?
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What is the opposite of a loanword? [closed]

The words in a language that weren't borrowed.
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Is there a general term for small objects used in sewing/tailoring/knitting etc.? [closed]

Needles, thimbles, hooks and so on. I feel like there should be some all-encompassing word for that but I can't find it.
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Parts of speech in sentence “Amber is a real person” [closed]

Specifically I am wondering about the word "person" in the sentence, because at first thought I believed it was a common noun but it is qualifying a proper noun, so I am confused if it is a noun or a ...
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Word like oratory but for writing

As it says in the headline, looking for a word that represents "the art of writing" in the same way that 'oratory' in some sense represents the "the art of speaking". Should be able to complete the ...
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Hyphenate two nouns [duplicate]

I was wondering if two nouns require a hyphen in between them. Mist pond or Mist-pond? Or am I confusing the first noun for a verb?
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Name for the central region of the human hand/foot?

According to Wikipedia, the human hand is conventionally divided into the following parts: Wrist: The region surrounding the carpal bones. Palm: The underside of the hand, lying superficial the ...
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Use of the preposition “by” along with “which” [duplicate]

There is a difference in the difficulty by which the two different objects can be lifted up. Is "by" correct here? Does "difficulty by which" sound natural? is there maybe a better alternative? ...