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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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Is “school” a preposition in “The School day never goes too slowly”?

Is School a preposition in this sentence?: The School day never goes too slowly. If it is not what part of speech is it?
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Electricity withdrawal

We commonly say "electricity consumption" for both : the electric energy actually consumed by appliances the electric energy drawn from the grid by a house, measured by a meter (what appears on your ...
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Can “removal” mean to move **to** a different place in contexts other than furniture, etc.?

The OLD includes the following meaning for the noun "removal" in British English: an act of taking furniture, etc. from one house to another Is the use of this noun with a similar meaning in ...
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Is “drool” used correctly here? “I am all drools for this library”

I need to understand, is 'drool' also used to express how you are in awe of something. Like, is this sentence right? I am all drools for this library. It has a great collection of books. Correct ...
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Opposite gender name for “keep” and “kept women”?

When a married man keeps a another unmarried women for sex, she is called a "keep" or "kept women," right? In the same way, a married women may keep an unmarried man to have sex with him. I want to ...
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Why is questions a singular noun when it has an s at the end. Adding the s, doesn’t that make it more then 1 question? [on hold]

Adding an s doesn’t that make it questions more then 1 question asked
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Beat bad vs beat badly

Is it correct to say that the use badly is only used when there is a negative conjugation? For example. When you beat someone at a game. Would you say you beat a person bad or badly? Because isn't ...
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Are these words concrete or abstract nouns?

Whenever I think of a concrete noun, I think of something that can be perceived by the five senses. I was wondering, if I could see a particular practice taking place, as in a series of football ...
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Can “no-fault” be used as a noun?

All outputs from Cambridge Dictionary, Merriem Webster Dictionary and others like oxforddictionaries state it as an adjective. My question is can it be used as a noun? If yes, could you provide ...
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Which article is correct when referring to a disease? (e.g. the flu, a cold) [duplicate]

I just had my first Composition 102 lecture and the professor said that when you refer to a disease you use "the" as in "the flu." I don't argue with that example because you say "I have the flu," ...
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What is the main event of sex? [closed]

What is the word after foreplay. He did not want foreplay, he wanted to get on with the main event right away.
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“There is/are more than on” with plural noun by defaut

I was wondering if I should write "I wonder if there is more ..." or "I wonder if there are more..." and I found a threads asking the same question, giving the example of "more cat". The answer was: ...
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Meaning of the word “Nuance”? [closed]

What is the meaning of the word "Nuance" in the following contexts: The nuances in Rebecca's tone of voice while talking about her late husband conveyed a feeling of gloom and melancholy. The ...
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How informal is the word 'guy', exactly?

The word 'a guy', 'un mec', 'un type', is clearly informal in French. Never would you use it when speaking or writing formally. How about in English? I come across the word in contexts where 'mec' or ...
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“Small talk” or “a small talk”?

I am not sure if the following sentence is correct: I do not like a small talk. Should it be “a small talk” or “small talk”?
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Word/phrase to describe a behavioral condition where a little bit of effort kills motivation

There's a name of a psychological condition/behavior/phenomenon to describe the fact that a small increase in the difficulty of a task will prevent a person from doing the task at all. It stems from ...
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“Personal Use Program” or “Personal-Use Program”?

Help me settle a discussion on this topic. Everywhere I look, within my company's internal documents as well as documents from other companies, a "personal use" program is not hyphenated. A colleague ...
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What’s an antonym for ‘an honest liar’?

‘Liar’ doesn’t have an antonym NOUN, and ‘honest’ doesn’t have an antonym ADJECTIVE. The best antonym I could find is ‘a cheating honesty’. Is this correct?
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A word for a professor teaching in multiple universities

I have this feeling that I've seen and then forgotten a word which specifically describes a professor / lecturer who teaches in multiple universities. (Not just a visiting professor) "I hear Mallory ...
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what is the word for the “thank you” section of a document called?

So in a typical letter document that may span multiple pages At the end of the content, there is paragraph for "thank you" or "signing off" This paragraph/section only appear once, at the end of the ...
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Can “prior” be synonymous with “former” in this context?

Earlier this week someone I was talking to insisted that it's acceptable to use "prior" interchangeably with "former" in the context of "former vs. latter," i.e. to mean the first item of two things ...
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How to join two nouns if first one or both are plural?

From the topic “User accounts” or “users account” I did not understand the correct grammar for the case when we considering accounts of multiple users. Are below statements correct? One user has one ...
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Can you use “familiar” as a noun without sacrificing its meaning as an adjective?

In my novel, my character Gus describes his unborn child, saying, "They were an enigma and a familiar just the same." In this quote, the point I'm trying to make is that - they were a mystery yet at ...
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Diffrence between that and the fact that [migrated]

Is there any diffrence between sentences below ? 1) It turned out that he lied all along. 2) The fact that he lied all along turned out . 3)It doesn’t interest me that he came late. 4) The fact ...
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Alternative to “grandfather” in an organizational context [duplicate]

In organizations sometimes we refer to the manager of a manager as the "grandfather". For example "candidates for senior level positions must go through a grandfather's interview" meaning those ...
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Brave or bravely?

I am translating a text from English to my own language. This is the context, my question is about the sentence in bold. My question is about the interpretation of a word. If we did not find ...
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Difference between ''Launch'' and “Eject” [closed]

I've just learning about "Words Easily Confused" and Eject, Launch and probably "sling" have been driving me crazy. I noticed that these three words both mean "Throw out by force", but the kind of ...
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Expression for a very specific utility post climbing gear called “maneas”/“pretal” in spanish, widely used in South America

IMPORTANT, first just watch 30 seconds of 1 or 2 of this YouTube videos featuring the use of "maneas", to visualize this devices: 1,2,3,4, don Pictures 5,6 I know this site is not spanish oriented, ...
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Why not “alkaline metal” rather than “alkali metal”? cf. “alkaline earth metal”

The word "alkaline" is described as the adjectival form of the noun "alkali". For example, Group 2 in the Periodic Table is named "alkaline earth metal". But then why is Group 1 named "alkali metal" ...
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Is is more appropriate to use a singular or plural form of a noun in a list title? [duplicate]

I want to display a list of mice. Each row represents one mouse. Now, for the title of this display, would it be more appropriate to say "Mouse List" or "Mice List". In other words, when describing ...
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A word for something that is impossible to be sure of? [closed]

A noun for something that you cannot prove; something you can never be sure of actually happening/being real?
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Never listens to me

What do you call it when others never listen to what I am saying or discredit my experiences and talk over me?
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What is it called when a word no longer literally describes something? [duplicate]

An example of this would be the word "Film". Film is no longer the medium that we use to record movies but we still refer to movies as films. What is it called when an older term is used to refer to ...
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The link to a subtitled version or the link for a subtitles version?

I was writting a post on Facebook and I didn't know how to write this properly: -This is the link to a subtitled version or -This is the link for a subtitled version A few months ago a modern ...
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What's the idiomatic word for something that keeps you sane/grounded?

There's a word for something, that when remembered--or a person that when spoken to--brings you back to reality and the knowledge that you're not insane. I keep wanting to say "touchstone", but I don'...
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Is it spelled “bodyparts”, “body parts”, or “body-parts”? [duplicate]

It seems to have different spellings in different places. Which is correct? Are there multiple correct ways to spell this?
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Do I use the plural or singular form of a noun when saying “zero or one”? [duplicate]

E.g. Do I say "I have zero or one child" or "I have zero or one children"?
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Noun for things that annoy you?

Okay, it’s on my the tip of my tongue. I was watching interviews where they ask people what is their strongest point etc. If they’re asking about their weakness, the noun is ‘What is your Achilles ...
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Is “…taken to be scholarly authority” missing a preposition or an article?

The sentence is from Harold Bloom's book Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. This chronology, necessarily tentative, partly follows what is generally taken to be scholarly authority. I find ...
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“Mango” or “mango tree”?

I sometimes become confused when it comes to looking up the definitions of plants or fruits' names. Let's take the example of “Mango” which denotes both, fruit and a tree in its definitions from ...
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Is there a name for a word which is a noun and also an unrelated verb?

There are many true homonym pairs where one of the words is a noun and the other is an verb. Example: Bear as a noun: The bear is a furry carnivorous mammal, different species of which can be ...
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A noun for the act of misinterpreting a word

When someone says a word that is superficially similar to, but means something different from, what they really mean, we call it a malapropism. I'm looking for the counterpart to this—a word for the ...
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Chemical elements spelled out are not capitalised but what about Natural Gas?

A quick google shows that natural gas is generally capitalised whereas the rule for chemical elements seems to be that they are not. I am writing a text that includes Natural Gas (I cannot replace ...
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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 describes the person who has woken up before the dawn, way before others! It's used in a metaphorical way to describe the ...
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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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Interdiction vs Interception?

What's the difference between interception and interdiction? Their definition seems the same to me?
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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 ...