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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Word or common short phrase for a intentionally hasty initial proposal to group?

Is there a preferred word or common short phrase (or multiple) for a proposal made to a second party or group that is merely a first draft, intentionally hasty and likely poor quality, in order to ...
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Is there a name for the second newspaper in a stack?

When picking a newspaper from a stack of newspapers, people usually take the one at the top of the stack. However, sometimes they will choose to take the second paper, the paper just below the top one....
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That car is the color of a ripe cherry. (How can a car be a color?)

Good day! That car is the color of a ripe cherry. "Color" is a noun that is in the same case as "car", i.e. in the subjective case. But how can it be possible? A car is a vehicle, a construction, ...
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Is there a term for an anniversary that falls on the same day of the week as its original date?

An anniversary refers to the yearly recurrence of a date of an event. However, being an incredibly sentimental person who also takes notice of all sorts of minor details, I find myself placing ...
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something the matter (strange word order: indefinite pronoun + noun)

ldoceonline.com: 1. There was nothing the matter with it when I lent it to him. 2. She had something the matter with her back. oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: 3. There's something the ...
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Should the common usage “Webmasters” be gender neutered into a separate webmistresses to describe female web site admin professionals?

Should the common usage "Webmasters" be gender neutered into a separate webmistresses to describe female web site admin professionals? Specifically why do we really need a term like web mistresses? ...
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Is a dark polka dot necktie dark?

In The Syntactic Phenomena of English, McCawley considers the phrase "a dark blue necktie", and concludes that "blue" in that phrase is simultaneously a noun and an adjective. It modifies the noun ...
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Does “turned a bright blue” contain a predicate nominative or predicate adjective?

The liquid in the bowl turned a bright blue. Please tell me if blue is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective in this sentence and please explain why.
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'Too much' with countable noun

He has too much friend. Is this correct? If so, what is rule for using much for countable noun or should I use many instead? Please clarify.
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What comes after “octuplet”?

After singletons, twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, sextuplets, septuplets, and octuplets, what comes next?
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In what cases can we begin noun clauses with a preposition?

In what cases can we begin noun clauses with a preposition? Is there any rule? My examples (sorry if they are bad): 1. You need to choose with what you agree and with what not. 2. Don’t tell him ...
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Single word for “refusing to move to next activity unless present one is completed.”

A perfectionist is defined as follows: a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection. But I am looking for a noun which describes a person who refuses to move forward in an ...
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Use of quotation marks after 'it's called X' and similar?

I've been looking at the Oxford Dictionary's page on inverted commas, and see that they use this example: He called this phenomenon "the memory of water." This seems like it would work with or ...
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the term for a noun that is the act of doing a verb

What is it called when you have a noun that is either the act of doing a verb or the result of having done the verb, and is not a gerund, and usually has a suffix like "al" or "tion"? Examples: ...
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What is a person who tries to find “all” of something?

A game where people try to find 'all' of something, like "every Irish Pub in New York" or "every baseball stadium in the USA" or "every beach in California." What is that person called? what is the ...
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What's a single word for the context a word is used in (used to differentiate similar words)?

I saw a question on this site asking about the difference between two similar words and one of the answers said it was the specific context each word was used in, except they used a single word that ...
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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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how to justify the “rough and tumble” used in this sentence?

Our clothing is designed to take the greater "rough and tumble" that they expect boys to give it. This is clearly an attributive clause. What baffles me is that the "it" used in the end. If " rough ...
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Is “surroundings” a plural noun or a mass noun that just happens to take the form of a plural?

I personally interpret “surroundings” as at least a plural-only noun but possibly just a noun whose plural form is much more common than its singular form in modern usage. But on a forum I frequent, ...
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Is there a term for adjectives / modifiers that don't, at face value, seem to apply to the noun modified?

There's a verse in Bob Seger's song Mainstreet that has this wonderful little seemingly-nonsensical word pairing: There was this long, lovely dancer in a little club downtown; I loved to watch ...
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A noun which means a flaw in achieving something

It's a single word. My explanation might be vague but I'll try my best to explain. Basically, a person trying to achieve a goal but his _______ hinder him from attaining the said. It's sort of ...
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What is the difference between “curd” and “yogurt”?

Most people use the words curd and yogurt interchangeably. Both are made by fermenting milk. Is there a difference between the two, or are they the same?
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How can this sentence be correct?

I read the following sentence in a book and could not in any way justify the correctness of the sentence. Please help: Most states impose limitations on the authority of the legislature to borrow ...
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directional dependence vs direction dependence

Are both "direction dependence" and "directional dependence" correct? I thought the former is incorrect, but a lot of examples appear in google.
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Can the word “desk” be used as a verb?

I saw the word desk used, according to my thinking, as a verb in a sentence, and I was wondering if this usage is correct or if it was an error from the authors. You can find the sentence here, at ...
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Word for someone who sleeps during the day

People are sometimes said to be a morning person or a night person. I also know that the term for something related to night is "nocturnal". Is there a specific word for a person who sleeps during ...
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Why did jazz musicians start referring to an engagement as a “gig”?

Why did jazz musicians start referring to an engagement as a "gig"? If any, could anyone provide a couple of quotations from eminent authors to show where a word was first used in this sense? gig ...
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letter head paper or letter headed paper

Which is correct when asking for a paper between letter head or letter headed paper.For example 'please give me letter head paper or please give me letter headed paper.Which is correct.thanks
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Why is the genitive case necessary/unecessary in the examples below?

I speak English as a second language, and I ran into something this week that I couldn't explain, even though I could understand its meaning. While reading an artcle entitled "More people now ...
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Meaning of the sentence? [closed]

I'm scared (I'm scared) I've never fallen from quite this high Falling into your ocean eyes Those ocean eyes The bold text is a part of Billie Eilish's Ocean Eyes(song). But I don't understand the ...
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When a word has both English and 'Latin' plurals, which style should I use?

Many 'Latin' words in English have both Latin-style plurals and English-style plurals: referendum – referendums, referenda. minimum – minimums, minima. gymnasium – gymnasiums, gymnasia. ...
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Need a single-word term for “one who draws”

All my life I've been looking for a single word in English to describe SOMEONE WHO DRAWS. It would be the equivalent of "a painter", or "a ceramicist", or "a sculptor". "Draftsman" has a technical ...
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Is “U.S.” in “U.S.-China trade” a noun or adjective?

In the work I am writing, I am using “United States” for noun and “U.S.” for adjective. I was a bit confused whether the U.S. in the phrase U.S.-China trade is a noun or adjective. I didn’t get ...
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Punctuation preceding a proper noun [migrated]

I was wondering what (if any) punctuation needs to precede a proper noun in the following sentence: The student John. That is, there is a student named John, and I am referring to them as a student. ...
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Word for combination of strength and agility

I'm looking for a way to call an attribute for a Pen&Paper RPG. It's supposed to be derived from "Strength" and "Agilty" and would be used for all kinds of things which usually fall somewhere in ...
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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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name of colour (noun or adjective) [duplicate]

In the following statement, why don't we consider red as noun even though it is the name of a color. The apple is red.
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Is there a noun for “someone who has access”?

I'm building a data model for a computer program, and I'm in need a noun (a short compound noun is acceptable) for "someone who has access". The information will be provided as an answer to the ...
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What's a word used for someone who criticizes his country but doesn't let any foreigner criticize his country?

I noticed some people attack foreigners who say anything negative about their country, yet they themselves criticize their same country and are being negative. What's a word that describes them? ...
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Attributive noun and adjective difference for '-ist' suffixed words

I’d like to understand if there is any difference between attributive nouns and attributive adjectives with regard to ‘-ist’ suffixed words that refer ideologies, belief systems and movements in art ...
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Positive synonym for “skepticism”?

Hello to anyone who sees this! I'm looking for a word similar to "skepticism", but more positive. (Here, I define skepticism as the belief that we can never have certain knowledge.) Sorry if this ...
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Word for the thief's key that can unlock anything

Is there any specific word that describes or denotes a key, which helps thief to steal anything and anywhere, no matter what kind of lock there is. In a nut shell that key can unlock any locks e.g. of ...
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Verb and noun relation

Is the set of subsidies exactly the same as the set of things that subsidise? Put another way: can there exist something that subsidises that is not a subsidy?
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The use of possessive with genitive case

This has been puzzling me greatly. I see "Governance quality has been decreasing ..." and think it should be "Governance's quality has been decreasing ...". Which one is correct? Could someone ...
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Is there an “-onym” for “group names of animals?”

Psuedonyms are false names. Synonyms are similar names Antonyms are opposite names. There are also aptronyms, homonymns, eponyms, demonyms, and retronyms. Is there an "-onym" that applies to ...
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Name for an electrical element to use multiple appliances on the same plug

Sorry, I don't know what is this element called in English. It is an electric power cord with multiple sockets to allow multiple appliances to be plugged into it. In Spanish it is said to be ...
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What is the term for moving an adjective from before to after the noun it describes?

I think this is a bit of an anachronism, but sometimes in nursery rhymes or songs you'll hear sentences in which an adjective describing a noun is moved to be after the noun it describes, and I was ...
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Two-word verbs described with One-word nouns

I've noticed that certain (compound?) verbs are combined into one word when the process is used as a noun. It seems to generally be processes with a preposition in them. If the noun isn't combined ...
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Using an adjective to describe something that is already intended

Is there a word that describes the case of using an adjective to describe a noun that already suggests as much? Examples the pretty model won all of the awards the smart genius answered every ...