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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 someone who joins a lot of contests [on hold]

Is there a word for someone who joins a lot of contests? Like how this one castaway from Survivor pops up in The Amazing Race and now he's in Big Brother. This person was in American Idol 5 years ago,...
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Word or phrase for fake appearance or posturing

I'm looking for a noun (it has to be an object) that expresses the concept of fake appearances. In Spanish, we can express that with the word "facade" understood as the front of a wall (but part of ...
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What part of speech is “while” in “We will rest for a while”?

What part of speech is while in "We will rest for a while."? My teacher says while is a noun, but I feel that it is an adverb, as it comes as an answer to the question "We will rest for how much ...
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Use of chief as equivalent of boss

According to the OLD, the noun chief can be used for a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organization. However, while it of course appears in CEO and other job ...
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When should noun modifiers be plural and when singular?

As far as I know noun modifiers should be singular. For example: 40 person team - the person is singular even though it's multiple persons However, there are some cases in which a noun modifier will ...
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Is “Underground” a proper noun or a common noun?

The definition on the Oxford Dictionary is a little bit confusing for me. The dictionary doesn't call it a proper noun, but the first letter is capitalised in the example. Since I know the ...
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What is the term for “‑ate” noun/verb pairs, and why can’t I find references to “hyphenate” used that way?

When you conjugate (verb, conjuGATE) things you get a conjugate (noun, conjuGIT). When you precipitate (verb, ...TATE) a solution you get a precipitate (noun, ...TIT). When you concentrate (verb, ......
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Why do few people say “How is your today?”?

My mom asks me "How is your today?" every day. I have been trying to tell her that nobody ever says that, and that most people say, "How is your day?" (somehow, using the noun day is more acceptable ...
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I want to know the grammatical structure of a sentence

What is the grammatical structure of this sentence? Please share salary slip of below mentioned ex-employee.
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A convenient word for school toilets?

At the very British-colonial Routledge primary school in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in the 1950s we were given breaks to run off to the toilets or "arkees" (I am giving the word a phonetic spelling). ...
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Why is it “came back from the dead” and not “came back from the death”?

Many times now, I've heard native English speakers (from the USA and Canada) say "he came back from the dead" instead of "from the death" when they mean resurrection. Dead is not a noun, so I don't ...
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The date on which a reservation was created vs on which a reservation is valid

A reservation can have two dates. The first is the date on which the reservation was created, e.g. July 1. The second is the date on which the reservation is valid, e.g. July 2 On July 1, I made a ...
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What's the word for “something that we've been looking for?”

I need a word for when someone is trying to buy a new shirt, but hasn't found anything suitable yet. For example: He searched everywhere but couldn't find his........... Note: this applies to more ...
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Different twist on “public” is or are?

I just read this sentence: "Note that 'public' have also other usages:" Since in this use of "public," we're talking about the word itself & not the group it's referring to, shouldn't the verb ...
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A word for general proficiency with musical instruments

I'm looking for a word for skill or talent with musical instruments in general. This is for a video game, there are skills like singing and dancing and I can't put "musical instruments" because its ...
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Plural for surnames derived from other words? [duplicate]

I recently came across a surname in a podcast, called Barleyfoot. In the podcast, his family was referred to as the Barleyfeet. Is this correct? Or should it be Barleyfoots? What about other possible ...
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Word for someone who prefers the devil they know to the devil they don't [closed]

Question: I'm looking for a word to describe someone who prefers the "devil they know" over "the devil they don't". Does such a word exist, and if so, what is it? Extra details: That's a ...
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understanding meaning of 'cuttie' [closed]

Urban Dictionary tends to describe the word cuttie in quite sexual way. Is it really the main meaning or the noun can be used normally to name a person / thing which is just cute.
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“There is a woman with a snapper.”

So far, I haven't found a clue to this use of the word "snapper" (1851) to describe an energetic, irrepressibly attractive woman at any of the 19th century slang websites so far. Here is part of the ...
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A noun followed by name

I'm writing about a painter who depicts his imaginary world that he calls Argondia. Question: Consider a sentence, "His paintings are reflections of an imaginary world Argondia". Is the ending "...
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Is there a term for an equivocal compound e.g. “guinea pig”

"Sweetbread," "guinea pig," "shortbread" (a typical Scottish biscuit), "egg cream" (a carbonated drink), and "firefly" are all not what their two nouns claim. A sweetbread is neither sweet nor ...
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Removal of a repeated syllable for ease of pronunciation

What do you call the removal of a repeated syllable in words for ease of pronunciation? I read about it once. I think it has to do with alliterative sounds. Not sure if it was deliberate or not.
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Is “catarolysis” a word? Whether it is or not, how might it be broken down into Greek or Latin derivatives?

Some definitions I have seen are: "catarolysis - n. - cursing to let off steam" and "catarolysis: letting off steam by cursing" and "catarolysis /kat uh RALL ih sis/ n The practice of cursing to ...
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What is a one-word synonym for “absence of trade”?

I am trying to describe the state of an economy (or country/region if you like) that does not trade using a noun. My best choice so far is "autarky", but this means rather "absence of necessity to ...
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Which is idiomatic: “kite is flying” or “kite is floating”? [closed]

Is it idiomatic to say "A kite is floating in the sky"? Most of the time I see "A kite is flying in the sky".
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Which is correct - I've shared the contract “New Agreement” with you or I've shared “New Agreement” contract with you

Which is most preferred among the below two? Here, the text inside the quotes are dynamic i.e., it's the text in a software mail communication that gets filled based on the document name that the ...
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Amount vs amounts?

When does we use "amounts"? Is my sentence " Ireland generated small amounts of waste. " correct?
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Correct or not: noun and adjective being predicative together

I'm thinking about such a sentence: He is a lawyer, arrogant and smart. or He is an idiot, arrogant and short-sighted. Please note that here I just want to list the noun and the ...
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Shortening sentence by removing nouns repeating in clauses

In the following sentence, a noun is repeated in each clause. The noun I refer to is assignment. He is aware of the assignment, accepts the assignment and endeavours to fulfil the assignment. Is ...
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Was “remake” as a noun coined by the movie industry?

Remake as a verb has a long history: 1630s, from re- "back, again" + make (v.) (Etymonline) but its usage as a noun appears to be a much more recent one; according to Google Books its ...
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Is there a specific English word for a woman that has not given birth yet?

Is there a specific English word for a woman that has not given birth yet? I don't mean a sterile woman. I mean a young woman, who is not pregnant, who hasn't got children, who hasn't given birth. ...
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Is there a word to describe someone as striving to be the best version of himself he can be?

I am trying to describe someone with the mentality NOT of trying to be better than others, but rather to be the best version of himself that he can be. So a sort of striving and determination, but ...
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what do we call people who watch football

In everyday talks, I encountered the following problem. I have always used the word "fans" to refer to those who watch football. However, when I tried to just refer to the people and not how they feel ...
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When to use “-er” vs “-or” as a suffix in verbs? - A comprehensive example (a Developer's Perspective)!

It's been many times when it comes to decide whether to use "-or" or "-er" as a agent noun suffix to a verb. My native (mother language) is Greek and i'll try to provide you a way to think before ...
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What would you call the distinction between e.g. 'cow'/'beef', 'pig'/'pork'? [closed]

I'm looking for a term to denote the distinction between the name of an animal when it's alive, and the name of the same animal when it serves as food. If such a term exists, I imagine it belongs to ...
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A word for one who has the ability to sleep almost instantly

I am looking for a word to describe a person that can fall asleep 'as their head hits the pillow'. To add context: my wife falls asleep seconds after she decides that she wants to sleep. Not just in ...
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When do I use capitals when naming the relationship of a person ie; mum, mother, sister, brother,?

George lives at home with his Mum Jenny and older sister Gwendoline.
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Can a preposition be before an adverb?

Ok, this site says The preposition is almost always before the noun or pronoun and that is why it is called a preposition Now, this oxford dictionary says here (adverb) used after a ...
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Can “overtake” be used as a noun?

The Oxford Dictionary lists the word overtake as a verb only, however I commonly see that it is also used as a noun. For example, this article on BBC does several times. Hamilton produced an ...
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For disturbing or for disturbance

Which one is correct to say: I'm sorry for disturbing. I'm sorry for the disturbance", and why? Is it mandatory to use gerund after prepositions or we can use it in its original noun form? Thank ...
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What is the English culinary term for the meat in a dish?

For example, the ground meat in Bolognese that is absent in Puttanesca. Or when you decided to make salad "sinful" you added pork rinds to it.
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Is there a word for “someone who cancelled something”? [closed]

I have to deal with user groups. One user may ask for some IT operation from our company at one point, but any user in his group may cancel this request. I need a word to designate the user who is ...
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What part of speech is 'better' in the following sentence?

What part of speech is better in the following sentence? Is it an adverb because it modifies the verb expect? Is it an abstract noun because it is an “intangible concept such as an emotion, a feeling, ...
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What the difference between availability and opportunity? [closed]

Difference between availability and opportunity?
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“Available to help” vs. “available for help”

Which phrase is correct, "available to help" or "available for help"? I have mostly seen "available for help" but am confused which phrase to use.
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Software version names [closed]

For different major releases of a software product it is nice to assign a name to them. Although I find this tough... Properties of a good software version name: relatively large group of nouns (so ...
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Word to define someone who makes friends easily?

What do you call the person who makes friends easily? The only words I can think of, are "charming" or "social", but those are not the words I'm looking for. Someone's help would be greatly ...
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I am looking for a noun for what is washed up on the beach by the tide [duplicate]

Something like residue, but more specific for what's washed in by the tide. Many thanks
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countable vs uncountable noun - easy way to tell [duplicate]

I understand you don't use an article in front of uncountable nouns (e.g. money, evidence, equipment etc). I still get confused sometimes when determining whether a noun is countable or uncountable ...
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Word for someone who thinks too highly of another

What word would you call someone who thinks too highly of another person, Even though they may not be perfect?