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What is a person called to whom a thing is significant?

When something has "significance" or "meaning" or "value" it is usually relative to the person. What is the person who finds significance in something called? Is there a ...
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Is it....she couldn't get leave or she couldn't get a leave [closed]

Is it she couldn't get leave or she couldn't get "a" leave
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Is it correct to say, "The king gifted him with a generous amount of gold, horses and chariots"? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say... The king gifted him with a generous amount of gold, horses and chariots Not sure whether 'amount' can be used here, since 'horses' and 'chariots' are listed with an ...
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What does "Let's hogwash this VI" mean?

I'm watching Six season 2 EP2 , and a character says Okay, let's hogwash this VI. It was the leader of a Navy Seal team who said it. After saying that sentence, he starts criticizing about his team ...
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Can "proximity" be used as a simple noun?

I want to say, succinctly: Joe makes her suffer for what happens in the area/space near to her. I currently have this phrased thus: Joe makes her suffer for what occurs in her proximity. Does this ...
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Articles with possessives [migrated]

"An hour's work" and "a two weeks' holiday". In "an hour's work" does the indefinite article belong to the noun "work"? As far as I know, "work" is an ...
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Pluralization of Latin origin words

I heard that words borrowed from Latin take irregular plural form. (examples: datum/data, fungus/fungi, alga/algae) But how can we tell that whether a word (such as 'bus', 'plum', or 'idea') has Latin ...
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What title or term is appropriate for a genuine or sincere person?

What title or term is appropriate for a genuine or sincere person? I'm looking to avoid using the terms "genuine," "sincere," and "honest" as adjectives. I would like to ...
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What word or phrase do you use for not doing something that you intended to do because subconsciously you did not want to do it?

What noun or noun phrase do you use for not doing something that you intended to do because subconsciously you did not want to do it? In speech it is called 'a Freudian slip'. (Merriam Webster online ...
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Can the noun eyewitness be used properly without a preceding article?

Today I was writing an email calling somebody "eyewitness to" some event, but it was marked as incorrect and it was suggested I precede it with an article; i.e. an eyewitness, instead. But ...
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More formal way to say "all-nighter"

What is a more formal way to say "all-nighter" in a sentence, such as "I pulled my first all-nighter, when writing a report with my group"? Rewording "my first all-nighter&...
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“…that the privations on the soul grow ever more stark and ruinous by the day.” - Can the word “privations” be used in this format?

Is it admissible to use to the phrase “privations on the soul” to describe the state in which the needs of the soul are not met and thus starved?
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What does "in hearing" mean in this sentence? [migrated]

In hearing so many people relate the fascinating experiences with which this volume deals, I have come to feel almost as though I have lived through them myself. What does "In hearing" mean?...
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Article the is an adverb or an adjective [migrated]

I read an article that states that the definite article "the" is an adjective before nouns (the ball) and is an adverb before superlative adjective (the best player) what its type (part of ...
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Why is it the headings but an address? I thought it is the heading because we can see it quoted, but the address is also given… [migrated]

I came across one article on BBC and don’t really understand the usage of THE article there. There is a description of a postcard:” On its front was a cartoon of a rabbit asleep in a crib underneath ...
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What is the noun of "to credit something to somebody"?

I'm working with digital securities. You can think about company shares. If an investor buys those shares, it is a process with several steps. At the end, the issuer gives the shares to the investor: ...
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Why are 'at least' and 'a lot' not single words?

I constantly have trouble with spelling the word-phrases ‘at least’ and ‘a lot’ .. they both should be a single word in my mind, which isn’t correct. They both seem to just be a single unit of meaning....
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Hoodie with no hood [closed]

What is a proper term for for a hoodie like clothing but without a hood. I usually wear this under my coat
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What is the difference between settlement and colonies? [closed]

I am unsure of the difference between a settlement and a colony. I know that 'colony' means a place where people settle, but the way they run the government is tied to their original practice. But I ...
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Do we use 'do' or 'does' when 'and' is uniting two different nouns?

In the following sentence should we use 'do' or 'does'? Why? As well as this, America’s foreign policy and geopolitical strategies does not seek to minimise China’s influence in the country, but to ...
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Why does "tarrier" as an American job title not appear in OED or Merriam-Webster?

The folksong "Drill Ye Tarriers Drill" is well-known: Wikipedia Drill Ye Tarriers Drill. The title refers to Irish workers, drilling holes in rock to blast out railroad tunnels. It may mean ...
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What is the proper way to say "14 Registered Students"? [closed]

Which should it be? "14 Registered Students" or "14 Students Registered"
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Which one is correct for the form of noun? [duplicate]

His and my computer are in good condition. His and my computers are in good condition. Note that there are two computers, one belongs to me, and the other belongs to him. I am confusing whether I ...
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Compound noun or compound adjective?

The Six-o'clock-in-the-Evening-Enthusiastic-Determined-and-Well-Intentioned-Studier-Until-Midnight is a person with whom you are probably already familiar. I found this sentence in a book, and I am ...
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Is the noun "Nash equilibrium" countable? [closed]

I am working in the field of Game theory. I use the word Nash equilibrium intensively, but I always wonder about this word countability. I think the word Nash equilibrium should be countable. Because ...
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the phrase 'the Americans' - subtleties [closed]

'Americans,' when you refer to them generically, lots of times go without 'the.' In-depth research finds that 'Americans' without 'the' is perceived more as a nation that is driven by individuals; ...
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What is the word class of "studying" in "studying hard is the key to success"?

This has caused some debate amongst myself and some others. The two claims are that in "studying hard is the key to success", that "studying" is either (1) a noun (gerund) or (2) a ...
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The British writer or British writer

I know this sounds dumb but I have just come across this sentence: The book was Jude the Obscure, a novel by the British writer Thomas Hardy. So the phrase "British writer" is preceded by ...
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What is being modified in a phrase like rock hard or water resistant?

“The water-resistant shoes are great for rainy days.” “The table is rock hard.” In these sentences, I know “water resistant” modifies shoes and rock hard modifies table. Does “hard” modify “rock” and ...
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What does "illuminatrix" mean?

Just like the title. I noticed this word when I was reading a game's art book, in which the sentence goes: Feeling down? Bring the sunshine inside with Henderson’s new Illuminatrix. (Source, at the ...
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What is the name for a hardware equivalent of a Widget?

In graphical UI development, we have buttons, knobs, and sliders and the hypernym would be widgets. In computer hardware, we have buttons, knobs, and sliders and the hypernym would be ... for some ...
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Which one is more correct, "White-eye Man" or “White-Eye Man”?

My son loves white-eyes, a kind of bird,very much. He wants name his storybook like spider man or iron man, so he decides to name it “white-eye man”. I am not quite sure which one is correct if it is ...
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"records key" or "record key" [duplicate]

I have a list of records, each of them has a key. But in this particular case, all of the records have the same key. So I have a single key for multiple records. How do I call this key - "...
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countable nouns and uncoutable nouns: water and an (the) apple(s) [duplicate]

"Bread and butter" can be plural and singular and it denpends on the context but how about some combinations like countable and uncountable words? For example, "(a) water and an (the) ...
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What's the correct form of the word "esoterics", it being a subject? [duplicate]

What noun would one use to define the whole area of esoteric related matters? In some dictionaries, it is "Esoteric" or "Esotericism", in others - "Esoterics" or "...
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How did "muggins" come into use?

In an episode of "Yes Minister", the Rt. Hon. James Hacker is appointed to be "Transportation Supremo" - in charge of devising an integrated transport policy. His permanent ...
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Can either be followed up by a plural noun? [duplicate]

Which one is correct– Tall fences were constructed on either side of this tunnel to channel migrating deers. or Tall fences were constructed on either sides of this tunnel to channel migrating deers.
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"Not-Noun"s: Neologism or not?

From the title, you can tell that I don't actually know what this phenomenon is called, if it has a name at all, nor if it has already existed for a long time. My own searching has been unhelpful, for ...
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What exactly is a "building" in the UK?

My question relates specifically to multi-storey residential buildings with several flats on each floor. Not necessarily high-rises or a "block of flats". An example would be the following ...
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Is it painting or paintings when we refer to it as a form of art?

Cinematography is a form of visual arts with motion pictures. Photography is a form of visual arts with static pictures. But how does one refer to a form of visual arts that consists of paintings ...
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Indirect Question [grammar]

I was reviewing this article and had a question about some minor grammar issues. The whole sentence is "The current work attempts to solve this gap in CE knowledge by investigating how security ...
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Noun form of adjectives ending -ant: -ancy or -ance? [closed]

Adjectives ending -ant seem to have a 50/50 chance of ending -ancy or -ance in noun form. Same goes for -ent adjectives into -ency or -ence nouns. Is there a rule that determines which? Random ...
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Is a “lock of hair” necessarily separate from the rest of someone’s hair?

When I look up “lock of hair”, and Google, specifically Wikipedia, tells me that it’s separated from the rest of someone’s hair, or just barely on (to quote it directly, “singly on”). Is this ...
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The counterpart to Challenger (name for person who accepts someone's challenge, e.g. for a duel) [duplicate]

When person A challenges person B (say, to a duel), how would you call person B, accepting the challenge (and specifically in dueling, setting the terms like choice of time, place and weapon.) I tried ...
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How does "The proposal is worth considering" contain an adverbial objective? [duplicate]

An adverbial objective a noun that functions as an adverb. Often, the noun, as an adverb, modifies a verb, for example, "He went home". I understand "Home", here, as being the ...
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(noun) of (noun) structure, singular or plural? [duplicate]

Whenever I have to write essay, when I want to write (noun) of (noun) structure, I get confused. For example, when I am writing different type of government in my essay, I have got a few combination ...
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Noun for a non urgent task you have been meaning to do for a long time but have not got around to? [duplicate]

I don't mean procrastination or words like that. I'd like a noun, but I doubt it exists. An adjective will do as well. Ideally it would fit in a sentence like: "He was caught up in the mood of ...
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What licenses the omission of an article in a countable or singular noun phrase?

Specifically, the term market in the following sentence is often referred to as "the market". But here the article has been omitted. What licenses such usage? The difference between prices ...
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What do you call a person who keeps talking to someone even though they're clearly not interested in talking with that person? [duplicate]

What do you call (a noun or an adjective) a person who keeps talking to someone despite the fact that they're clearly not interested in having conversation with that person? The most typical (but not ...
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Noun corresponding to ‘touch’ when used in its emotional sense?

TOUCH vt.  to influence someone or something emotionally, or cause feelings of sympathy in someone.  e.g. The TV report about the children's work for charity touched thousands of people's hearts. — ...

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