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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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Glasses - countable or uncountable noun?

Is word glasses countable or uncountable? Are these sentences correct? These glasses (referring to one pair of glasses) are my favourite! I have quite a few glasses in my drawer, however, my favourite ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who wakes up in predawn?

I'm trying to translate a poem from Persian; In the poem there is a noun that describe the person who has waked up before the dawn! way before others. It's used in a metaphor way to describe the ...
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What's a word to use for people that you know but aren't super close to but also are not too distant

What's a word to use for people that you know but aren't super close to but also are not too distant, like a group of friends but they aren't really friendly nor mean (unless there's a survival ...
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what is the head noun in the following sentence? [on hold]

He spoke of the present, of the sacrifices ordinary men in blue had made to vindicate the proposition.
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gramar errors and detection [on hold]

One major reason (1)/ for the popularity of television is (2)/ that most people like to stay at home. what is the error in this sentence
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Term for Entrance fee

I am about to "invent" an extension to the iCalendar MIME type. A calendar event may be one, where you need to pay money to get in. Since there is no such thing already defined in any RFC, I will go ...
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Lettuce -plural [duplicate]

Which is correct for the singular plural noun as it relates to lettuce? The lettuce’s leaves are fine. The lettuces’s leaves are fine.
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List of nouns representing a group of people [migrated]

For a Kaggle competition I would like to decontextualise a list of questions. One way I am planning to do it is to replace any noun representing a group of people with a placeholder. Examples of such ...
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Interdiction vs Interception?

What's the difference between interception and interdiction? Their definition seems the same to me?
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Are there any rules for using nouns as pre-head modifiers of other nouns?

For example, I find "Tesla videos" correct, but not "robots news". What is the rule behind it? Thank you!
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Using “proximity” to imply “next to each other”

I am currently writing the introduction to my thesis and I want to say that two genes are next to each other. I would like to use the word "proximity" without saying "close proximity" but am unsure ...
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what do you call a place where someone thought of an idea?

I'm working on a project about structures and their historical value. I don't need this information, however, I would like to know and/or have it exposed to people that have wondered the same question....
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What do we call the combination of a number and a unit

As a Software Engineer I give my best to find descriptive names for specific concepts. That is a very important task to reduce software complexity. Naming concepts can be really hard and today I’d ...
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People have computers vs people have a computer

I am curious about plural and singular noun usage. Let's assume there were no one who had two computers. (i.e. one computer each.) Which one is more natural: "people have computers," or "people have ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who disrupts (the organizational flow)?

In my world, I have seen some people called themselves digital disruptors, or professiona disruptors. However, I wasn't able to find disruptor in any dictionary as a word. I was wondering if there is ...
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How do I write a sentence in which parentheticals compensating for singular vs plural are inconsistent? [duplicate]

I am writing a sentence using a singular noun. I want to use a parenthetical to include the possibility of a plural noun. For example, the noun is "question" and I want to write "question(s)". The ...
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What's the difference between dome & hemisphere/semi-sphere (for general use)?

When describing an everyday item or shape, are there any significant differences between dome and hemisphere/semi-sphere, or they are interchangeable? From my understanding, dome is more an ...
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How to define common word for health places?

I have these words : Public hospitals - Pharmacy store - Doctors clinic - Gym club training & gym supplements store - Makeup artist room & store. Is there a common word for : store-clinic-...
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Closest English term for Spanish “merienda”

The Spanish word merienda is often included in lists of untranslatable words. It originally meant the meal you had around noon between breakfast and dinner, as that meal used to be small compared with ...
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Is 'public' a mass noun?

Does anyone know which kind of noun 'public' is? Is it a common noun or a collective noun?
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Difference between 'etiquette' and 'protocol' and 'decorum'? [closed]

can someone tell me the difference between 'etiquette' and 'protocol and decorum''? On Oxford Dictionary they appear as synonyms to each other. There were definitive explanations of how they differ ...
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Why is 'social' used before decorum when it means 'good social behavior'?

Below is a sentence in bold, extracted from Wikitonary. It says 'social decorum' but the word decorum literally means 'good social behaviour'. - [1]Can someone explain why 'social' is used before ...
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What is the word for the section for the last most content in a printed document [closed]

in a printed document, there is a section is aligned to the bottom of the content and is present only on the last page e.g. for quotations, this section may be the "Terms and conditions" It is not a ...
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How to description 3 nouns in a sentence?

I want to describe ' Please enter the input value of temperature with numerical in the form.' But input, value and temperature also are nouns, how can I joint it together? Thanks
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The difference between the gerund and the participls [migrated]

"They prefer buying organic food " in this phrase " buying " us a verb or a noun ...?
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So there is no solid rule to form PLURAL COMPOUND NOUNS right? Why say “gumball machine” but “securities dealer”?

In the dictionary, a security (FINANCE, STOCK MARKET): a financial investment such as a bond or share that is traded on a financial market a securities agreement/audit/dealer a ...
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Is the phrase 'accreditation award ceremony' grammatically correct?

I'm looking for a phrase that describes 'certificate giving ceremony'. 'Accreditation' seemed like good word but upon further searching I saw the phrase 'accreditation award ceremony'. -The word '...
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Does a critic have to be a connoisseur?

Can someone tell me the difference between the two words ? I searched up and found this :-https://wikidiff.com/connoisseur/critic. It says that connoisseur is a specialist in a given field and ...
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What is the plural of “mediocre”? [closed]

I've looked it up and all I found that its "mediocres", but never hearing it makes me confused. I wanna use it in a similar sentence: "all the books I've read are mediocres". Is that correct? What ...
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What does `exchange' mean in this sentence? [closed]

I am trying to understand an English passage about beauty and the Trinity: We can define beauty as “that which, when seen, pleases.” But there is something going on at a deeper level—--an exchange—-...
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Is “a man after my own heart” for Jesee or David?

In the following sentence: I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. Is "a man after my own heart" for Jesse, or for David? From the ...
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Where is the stress of the noun “Portuguese”?

Studying suffixes I've learned that "-ESE" is a strong suffix, therefore it holds the main stress when it's added to a word (e.g. China -> Chinese; Japan -> Japanese; journal -> journalese; etc.). ...
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Is there currently a shift from -nce word endings to -ncy word endings?

This is something I think I've noticed, but maybe I've just been noticing odd word choices and putting it down to a shift in language use. Has anyone noticed a shift from people using verb-derived ...
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Proper noun capitalisation: “The Union” or “the Union”? [duplicate]

When capitalising a proper noun that has a “the” prefix, should the “the” be capitalised? Eg: “This puts the Union at risk” or: “This puts The Union at risk”
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how to analyse compound nouns - 'screen bingeing', 'drug taking', ' rule abiding'

Just wanted to clarify the parts of speech in analysing the compound nouns above. Would the structure be: adjectival noun + gerund, or noun + verb-ing. I figure it's a gerund, though, ...
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How to break list of noun modifiers with conjunction “and” ambiguity

How do I express the sentence Construction progress control and quality control without repeating control unambiguously? Removing the first occurrence no longer conveys the idea that the construction ...
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Is there a word that denotes the process by which a new leader is selected?

I'm looking for a word that describes the process by which a leader is chosen. I would use "election", but that word contains too much information about the details of the process. I need something ...
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A possible Spanish origin for “lunch”

I have recently discovered the words of José María Pemán from 1941 regarding the origin of the English word lunch. My translation (sorry): Wellington's Englishmen arrive in Spain, they fall in love ...
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English terms for a female wolf and a female owl?

In the English language, what are the right terms for a female wolf and a female owl; perhaps "she wolf" and "owl hen"? Are there distinct or separate words in English used for feminine? I checked ...
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Can a house have a 'roof' but no 'ceiling' in its upper floor?

A user in the Spanish Language site asked a question about how to distinguish 'ceiling' from 'roof' in Spanish, and gave us the following example: The top floor of my house does not have a ceiling ...
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What is the plural of the noun “go” (as in “have a go”)? [closed]

If I were to try to achieve something you could say I "had a go". If I tried it multiple times, how would I write that down? I had many goes or I had many go's or I had many gos
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Why does English have the word “broomstick”?

Oxford Living Dictionaries' dictionary of North American English defines broomstick as : 1 The long handle of a broom. 1.1 A brush with twigs at one end and a long handle, on which, in children'...
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Need a good word for “parts of the day”

Does anyone know an alternative (smarter) word for "parts of the day" ? examples: afternoon, dusk, evening, morning, night, et cetera My problem is I'm writing a form where I would like to ask what ...
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Noun for someone who is looking for kicks, thrills or excitement

Is there a single (non-colloquial) noun/word which describes a person who seeks/is looking for thrills, excitement or 'kicks'? For context, I am an English mother tongue translator (Italian to ...
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A word that means “the yield of a hunt”

I am looking for a word that can be used for the catch resulting from a hunt. For example, a fox catches a rabbit and in that case, the rabbit is the prey. However if one talks about prey in general,...
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word for a person who learns a lot by heart when studying

Do you happen to know a noun to describe someone, usually a student, who does a lot of learning by heart, as opposed to understanding? Is 'grind', 'swot'/'swotter' a good word for that, or does it ...
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The state of not knowing and/or ignoring each other

I'm looking for a word that expresses the state of not knowing and/or ignoring each other. In a blog post I've found the term Principle of Mutual Oblivion. This is supposed to be a rule in software ...
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Is there a single word, or set of words, for someone who often goes to events? [duplicate]

Something that describes a social person who is often social, goes to events, goes out, etc. I've come across "bon vivant" and "socialite", but they don't quite convey what I'm looking for. Can you ...
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“The Gaussian elimination” or “Gaussian elimination”?

I have seen it used without a quantifier in my textbook, but I don’t see how it doesn’t need one. Some example sentences: The LU factorization leads to another perspective on Gaussian elimination. ...
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What is a word for a symbol of something that simultaneously is a manifestation of the thing it symbolizes? [closed]

I am looking for a word that would mean a symbol of some quality or entity that simultaneously IS the thing it symbolizes. An example would be an Egyptian ankh which is the word 'life', the amulet of ...