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Noun phrases within other noun phrases

Consider below the partitive NP "a group of business leaders and politicians". Today, a group of business leaders and politicians held a meeting in which they discussed a wide range of ...
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Capitalisation of a sacred object

I'm working in an Indigenous Australian context in which particular sacred trees and animals are capitalised. I'm aware that the specific name of the tree, for example, needs to be capitalised but ...
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Is "Clothings" a real word? [closed]

I don't remember exactly, but i'm sure i heard it once or twice before It comes like this : Let's head over the SHOP and buy some clothings !
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Should "time" be capitalized? [closed]

I would like to request some clarification on the capitalization of the word time. Is it possible in certain contexts to use it not as a common noun, but as a proper noun? For example, what if you are ...
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A noun for the ability to provide for your family and others around you, in virtue tense

I am trying to come up with a list of virtues to go over with my kids. Virtues tend to be adjectives in noun form. For instance, generous -> generosity, honest -> honesty. Others don't seem to ...
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Are "adaptiveness" and "adaptability" interchangeable?

Here are the definitions for the words according to Cambridge dictionary: Adaptiveness - the quality of being able to change to suit different condition Flexibility and adaptiveness are important ...
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Use of "authorities" without the definite article or a possessive pronoun

I have a question about the usage of "authorities" in the following sentence. The Kremlin threatened up to 15-year jail sentences for those who report what authorities determine to be false ...
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Comparative Adjective vs Noun; cleaner vs cleaner [duplicate]

I am curious if there is any reason that English converged to using similar suffix for both comparative adjective, and for noun. For example, as shown in the title, "cleaner" could mean both ...
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An informal term used for someone who has an affinity for American culture?

I came across the term in an online article, and it wasn't "Americanophile" : a person who greatly admires or favors America or things from American culture Merriam-Webster online Is ...
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What is the opposite of "Member"?

The relation between a user and a group is: The user is a member of the group. What is the converse relation? The group is a ___ of the user. What word suits here? Does team or union work?
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Term for the period of time after a breakup?

What is the name for the period of time from the end of a romantic relationship until the person emotionally recovers? During this period a person feels emotionally fragile, often thinks of their ...
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Is "rid" a noun in "I want rid of him"?

The Oxford Dictionary regards rid as a verb only. However, is rid a noun in I want rid of him? If rid is a past participle, then, can it be followed by want?
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Foundation or foundational keyboard skills?

When you learn to play a musical instrument there are some basic skills that need to be learned first. For example, how to hold or sit at the instrument safely and comfortably; how to make the ...
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Should "lecturer" be capitalised?

At work, I am sending notifications out to individual students about their lecturer contacting them. My boss keeps writing the phrase “Your Lecturer will be in touch soon”, however I thought in this ...
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"Three spoonfuls of sugar" does this require the verb to be plural? [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? Three spoonfuls of sugar is too much. or Three spoonfuls of sugar are too much. I feel like the second could be correct, because there are more than one spoon. But on second ...
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Using a singular to convey a plural [migrated]

If I want to provide a diagram of the performance measurements of different programming languages, which option is correct? Is it correct to use a singular form when there are multiple languages taken ...
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Should I separate multiple "ands" in a series with commas? [closed]

I enjoy eating apples and cherries and pears and bananas. OR I enjoy eating apples, and cherries, and pears, and bananas. I apologize if this question was listed somewhere else, but I can't find a ...
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What is a word for people who constantly change their argument or reason to prove a point, even when their previous arguments were proven wrong

In my case, the people are not changing their opinion. Their opinion remains the same, just they are bringing new arguments everytime just to prove that their opinion is correct. For example, A ...
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Should there be a comma between a noun and its adjective? [closed]

Can "A white paper" be written as "A paper, white"? Can "The nine planets" be written as "The planets, nine"?
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Is [the act of something] considered a verb or a noun?

For example, take "Teaching people can be difficult" Is "teaching people" (the act of teaching people) a noun phrase and "be difficult" the verb phrase, as in being ...
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What is the plural form of boxing (as in box/package)?

What is the plural form of the word "boxing"? In meaning box/package noun. Is "boxings" the correct form in that case? Perhaps it's not, because it's a gerund and not an exception. ...
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How is the singular noun "vote" used compared to the plural "votes"?

Being a big fan of fivethirtyeight.com, and political nerdishness in general, I have repeatedly run into a plural use of the singular nominal 'vote,' most often in the phrase 'percentage of vote.' ...
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Can a "thought" be alienable?

I have been doing some research around Alienable and Inalienable Nouns, and it seems to me something like "a thought" could be considered an alienable noun. 'Alienable' here means something ...
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Why is "brick" in "a brick house" a noun, whereas "plastic" in "a plastic bucket" is an adjective?

Taking these classifications from Oxford's Lexico: plastic brick
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Can the noun form of "requirement" be used to refer to the state/quality of being required?

Can requirement be used as a synonym for "necessitude"? I have a sentence that ends with wording similar to the following: ...due to its requirement in administrative procedures. It sounds ...
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The identifying properties of "it/that" against the question of "who" [duplicate]

When I ask the question "who broke the bike?" and I respond with "it was Jane", is the word 'it' a pronoun identifying Jane? My understanding is that 'it' is referring to "the ...
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A piece of clothes for cleaning something [duplicate]

A mop has a stick part. I don't know the term for a piece of clothes without stick, for cleaning something held by hand. What should I call a piece of towel or a similar thing that is used to clean ...
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Can you use words like "free" and "brave" as nouns? [duplicate]

The phrase "Land of the Free / Home of the Brave" seems to use the word "free" as a noun, short for "the free ones" (free being an adjective). Does it count to say that ...
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Can a Noun be an Action? [closed]

For example, in the phrase: Yodelling is good fun. 'Yodelling' is a noun that refers to an action. Would it be correct to call this noun an action?
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What's the word for the thing that an observer observes? [duplicate]

Does a word exist in English which describes the person/object being observed? Let's say that I am observing Mike. I am an observer in this case. What is Mike called in relation to me? Observant? EDIT ...
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Wanderer warrior or warrior wanderer?

Is "wanderer warrior" a wanderer who is a warrior or a warrior who is a wanderer? Which is the "main" noun here? Or it doesn't make a difference?
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Pronoun not matching noun

Users are asked to read the document before you come to the venue. This sentence is grammatically incorrect because "Users" doesn't match "you". Is that a correct understanding?
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When does one use "of" in place of the inflected form of the noun?

According to the Chicago Manual of Style (5.21) People or things of higher status usually take the inflected genitive (in other words, adding an "'s" e.g. the chef's saucer) The CMOS (ibid)...
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The person who received a complaint from someone

I'm creating a policy and procedure in one of my subjects and am wondering is there another way of saying "a person that received a complaint". I know there's way for a person being ...
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Why is the A in "Article" capitalized in legal articles when referring to itself? [closed]

I looked at ten different law articles; when refering to itself, the letter A in Article is capitalized. For example, in the abstract it would say something like: This Article proposes modifying the ...
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'Just like she does'..........is it used properly in this sentence? [duplicate]

She didn’t show the workings in the math exam, she just tried to guess the answers just like she does in the homework. I am not sure if 'just like she does' makes sense. If not what can I use ...
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What's a word that means "thing that is held or worn during battle to protect oneself from injury and/or to inflict injury on others"?

What's a word that means "thing that is held or worn during battle to protect oneself from injury and/or to inflict injury on others"? To better explain this question, allow me to give an ...
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Does the word "variation" mean the changing cooking recipes according to one's favorite taste? [closed]

I have a question about everyday English expressions. Do you cook? When you cook, do you ever change the recipe according to your favorite flavor, such as "add milk according to your taste" ...
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Is it correct to say "it accounts the" in place of "taking into consideration"? [closed]

Example: It accounts the total size of data... It accounts the total time required to complete job X... In place of: taking into consideration the total size of data... taking into consideration ...
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Terms in a specific context. Are they proper nouns and/or technical terms?

Currently I am writing a report where I explain some basic concepts for developing plug-ins in Moodle. During this I am a bit struggling about the using of typical Moodle terms. Moodle has, for ...
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Was it common to use the noun mem-sahib outside India?

I have recently seen the noun mem-sahib, used to refer a white foreign woman living in India, in two different books. The books are Indian Passion and Nowhere in Africa. I have not found any ...
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Is the phrase "source code" intrinsically plural? [closed]

If we're talking about the phrase "source code", isn't that naturally and implicitly plural? Consider the following sentence: All of the source code for this project is in a public GitHub ...
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What is a term for "fear of very large enclosed spaces"?

I'm intrigued by a hybrid of claustrophobia and agoraphobia (more accurately, "kenophobia"), which H. P. Lovecraft had: Of the celebrated "phobias" of the modern psychologists (or ...
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Number of undos? One undo - Many undos?

I'm creating an Andriod app/game. There you do moves and I'm counting the number of moves that's done. Then it is also possible to undo one or many moves. What would you call it when counting the ...
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Adding the 'n' to indefinite articles on compound nouns [duplicate]

The rules when to add the n to the indefinite article a is explained here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/using_articles.html They show rules about adjectives: If the noun is ...
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Use of "the" in front of plural nouns

I have a question around using 'the' in front of plural nouns. Students who work hard are likely to get good grades. The students who work hard are likely to get good grades. Are these two sentences ...
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Term for noun whose verb means to do the opposite [duplicate]

The word 'dust' is kinda peculiar. The verb form dust means to remove the dust from something, not to add dust to it. Is there a term for this type of word relationship and are there other examples?
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Why do we use a singular noun which is related to more than one person? [duplicate]

Why isn’t “mobile phone” plural in the following sentence? 70 percent of the population of the world own a mobile phone.
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Is there a term to describe someone that is neither genuine or a hypocrite?

In definition, Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another or the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's ...
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Conjunction reduction and singular/plural ambiguity [duplicate]

There is one XYZ formulation and one ABC formulation. The original statement is: […] that allows for a comparison between the XYZ formulation and the ABC formulation. Which of the following mean the ...
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