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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What is the collective term for policy, standard and guideline?

I know they are distinct, but if wanted to refer to them as a single entity in the distance how would I do that?
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They won hundreds of dollars; five hundreds to be precise!

‘They won hundreds of dollars; five hundreds to be precise!’ "The Name of the Number", by Michael A. B. Deakin , page 48. In mathematics we talk about the place of the units, of the tens, ...
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Word or phrase for knowingly engaging in bad behavior

I want to specifically talk about behavior that doesn’t affect other people like a bad diet or gambling. Also it doesn’t necessarily have to influence a person’s life so badly, it could be something ...
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Verb + Suffix ‘Ion’ as noun

I've been wondering on the usage of the suffix -ion and what it means if put at the end of a verb. I notice that oftentimes it means the process/ action of the verb. Examples: Transformation, ...
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Is the pronunciation change from “woman” to “women” unique in English?

Is "woman/women" the only English word group that undergoes a change - via conjugation, pluralization... whatever may be the cause - wherein a syllable of the polysyllabic word has spelling changes ...
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What's a word for someone who scoffs at someone else's feelings?

I am trying to find a word someone who ridicules someone else's feelings. When I say generally anything, they'll say something completely unnecessary (and usually hurtful). Most of the time, I am not ...
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What is the word for the corner where ceiling and wall meet in a house?

In a square room in a house, what is the word for the corner where one of the walls meets the ceiling? I kept thinking it was a word like "eaves", but that turned out to be the overhang. I have ...
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Pride and joy as a plural

I just came across some text in a book which stated, “it was one of his prides and joys“. That sounds wrong to me. It seems as if it should be pride and joys, since that phrase is considered a ...
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Correct usage of the word 'storage' or 'storing'?

Which is the correct sentence? And why? Those who want more and more storing space for their content can understand the importance of portable storing solutions. Those who want more and more storage ...
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Difference between “taxi” and “cab”

Definition of taxi: To ride or travel in a taxicab Definition of cab: A taxicab. Since the definitions don't show many differences, is it okay to assume that there is no difference between ...
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Word for purpose-built construct

I am looking for a noun that means "thing built for a specific purpose" or "construct that was made with reason, rather than chance" or "entity which was designed", assuming such word exists. The ...
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Past participle or present participle

"I wrote Shapiro a letter congratulating him on having won a race." Is the word congratulating a present participle? And having won a gerund?
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Need word to capture both physical devices and software

Need a word as an umbrella term for both physical devices and software/downloads that we offer. Can't use "product," as that already means the physical devices. This is for a user interface, ...
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Noun+ infinitive + verb structure

In my grammar book I've got a sentence The woman to talk to is over there. and this is the only example of that type. That makes me believe I can say things like: The packages to deal with will ...
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What would you call a person who possesses a certificate?

I am building for a client online certification application. Person will complete a short training (few slides) and after that the person will get the certificate proving completion of the "course". ...
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A noun that describes a person or group that sees all sides of an argument but doesn't have any opinions on it or make any judgements?

I'm looking for a noun that describes a person or group of people that see all sides of an argument, but not take any sides or make any judgements from those sides. They simply acknowledge all sides ...
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Is 'swaddles' a word?

I swear I've heard the term swaddles used before, but when I look it up, I only get definitions for swaddle. I believe it was used as a noun, but the definition of swaddle is throwing me off. Here's ...
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Can there be “an” “endemic”? (Can “endemic” legitimately be used as a noun?)

A recent AMA headline shouts: "The Resident Depression Endemic---and Solutions Underway". Now, doctors are not known for their writing proficiency (self included here) but this seems to me to be a ...
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“Place” or “venue”?

Do place and venue have the same meaning? If not, what are the differences and when do we use which?
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Between abstract and concrete

Does such a word that teeters, or overlaps, between abstract and concrete exist? For instance, consider violence. It's a term that varies in meaning or definition from person to person until the ...
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Does English have different words for different-looking owls? [closed]

French has le hibou and la chouette for owls with and without little tufty ears, German has der Kauz, der Uhu and die Eule for a similar (but not identical) distinction, Spanish has la lechuza and el ...
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Bare Infinitive after certain verbs

"I dare you go inside" "I will tell him go" I have learned from my grammar book that after certain verbs such as dare, need, let, will, would, shall etc, the infinite is used ...
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Abstract and concrete nouns [duplicate]

I am still confused with the classifications of such nouns as area, spot, compound (which refers to a type of area), and area itself. Are they abstract or concrete nouns?
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What is the term for “overlooking words with letters written in reverse”?

If I recall correctly, there is a term in English which refers to the phenomenon /behavior where people are unable to tell, at a glance or when skimming through an article, a misspelled word because ...
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The word “but” with no noun [migrated]

Is this sentence legit? For example, Did you watch the movie but forgot the ending? or should I say Did you watch the movie but you forgot the ending?
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What's another educated word for “Hater”, as in someone who wants to see another fail or lose and uses negativity to do so?

Ex. This type of person will say or do something negative to you when you accomplish something great in life, simply because they want to put you down and hurt your self esteem or confidence. No one ...
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How did you use that information to help solve/solving the problem?

I have recently read someone saying: - How did you use that information to help solve the problem? so my question is, what's the grammar rule that makes this right as opposed to - How did you use ...
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What is the body of a text preceding a postscript called?

A postscript may be added to the end of a letter or email (she explained knowing that people on english.stackexchange.com would be unfamiliar with the term). An afterword can be appended to the end ...
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Hydrophobic, hydrophobized, or hydrophobicized?

I found three adjectives which can be used in the following context: "velour (HYDROPHOBIC / HYDROPHOBIZED / HYDROPHOBICIZED) with alkenyl maleic anhydride composition". Which one should be ...
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word meaning “an object that is benefit from some action”

I have already known: I know "beneficiary" means "a person that receives help or an advantage from something". And its synonyms are "heir", "inheritor", which ...
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What’s going on with “food > feed”? Is it like “foot > feet”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a particular linguistic term for this process of turning nouns like food into verbs like feed. For all I know, it may be older than English, perhaps even going back all the way to OE. ...
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Pardon my ignorance, but how would the word 'ignore' convert to a noun in this context? [duplicate]

I was talking to a co-worker about the fact that he ignored certain guidelines when writing his code. He is fairly aware of the established guidelines and a well-defined copy of the same is present ...
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A word that represents both getting on and/or off of something (in general)

Is there a single word or phrase that exists to represent the action of both getting on and/or off of something such as public transport in general? I understand there are words like ingress/egress, ...
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Why Black Lives Matter? Why not Black's Lifes Matter? [closed]

We know Black Lives Matter. But why it's said that way. Life and Lifes are nouns. Live and Lives are verbs. It should be Blacks' Lives Matter. Or Black's Life Matters Or well, I am confused.
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Uniquely identifiable item vs. nonunique identifiable item

Edit: The question itself is not about naming variables, but about finding two words that properly differentiate between two meanings. I am in the process of building a system that stores entities in ...
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“Such” as a part of speech, and similar words

The word "such" seems to fit under a few different categories. It could be arguably classified as: A noun - "The movie would only be of interest to such as enjoy mindless explosions ...
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Correct usage of “persons” (vs. “people”)

I had a little fight about persons vs. people. Could you advise if both of the following are correct, if possible with reference to a dictionary? A table for two people please. A table for ...
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Capitalisation of plural proper nouns

Atlantic and Pacific Oceans or Atlantic and Pacific oceans? Jackson and Smith Streets or Jackson and Smith streets? Would "ocean" and "street" in these instances take capital ...
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“Fields” preceded by list of adjectives or nouns

My friend and I are having a discussion about which of the following sentences is correct. They work in the medical, governmental, environmental, and economical fields. They work in the health, ...
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What's the word for horse-headed human? (Opposite of a centaur)

Centaur - horse body, additional human torso, human head. Minotaur - human body, bovine head. I'm looking for a word for a creature with the head/neck of a horse and the body of a normal human. I ...
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When a noun phrase can act as the post-modifier?

According to Oxford Learner's Grammar by John Eastwood [ISBN:0-19-437-597-8], page 187; it is possible for a noun phrase to act as a postmodifier of the head noun. Example: The weather that day was ...
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IN/ON with Nouns

I read in an article that IN preposition expresses a conditional state of being for example- • I am in love • This is the best option,in fact • Call me in case you need my help tomorrow And ON ...
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Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...
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What is a group of dragonflies?

As per title, what is the name of a group of dragonflies? Some friends say it is a mob, some say it is a hover. Anyone?
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Capitalisation of “chess”

When talking about the game of chess do I capitalise or not? If not why not? Example excerpt: I have picked chess as it is a popular, well understood game. Even if the programming unit doesn’t ...
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What's a word for the exact opposite of regret?

I know you can say you were "super glad you did something," but I'm looking for a word that expresses this in nominal form, i.e. the opposite of "my biggest regret." (my biggest ...
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When to use the noun “generating” and when the noun “generation”?

The generation of the product list takes about an hour. The generating of the product list takes about an hour. It feels like with verbs, generating is not finished in the moment while generation is ...
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What do you call a bug collection?

Entomology is the study of insects, which can informally include minibeasts that aren't scientifically classified as insects. Professional and amateur entomologists sometimes maintain bug collections. ...
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What is the difference between complacency and condescension?

Sometimes I get confused between complacency and condescension, thinking they are the same thing. I am trying to understand the difference. Both seem to be attributes of a person who is more ...

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