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 it a noun or pronoun or something else?

Circle the nouns in the following paragraph. For the first time in her life, Mary was seeing two boys at once. It involved extra laundry, an answering machine, and dark solo trips in ...
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'Us students' - Does this apposition need a comma?

Can a pronoun be used in apposition without comma? A few of us students have participated in the match. This sentence looks quite awkward at first glance. Is this sentence gramatically correct? I ...
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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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Is there any grammatical or semantic error in the following sentences?

I come across the following sentences in an exercise question. It seems to me that directly using "poor risks", "average risks", and "good risks" to represent companies in the poor-risk category, ...
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Exact meaning of “star” for laypersons, meaning a celestial object?

I'm not a native speaker of English. The word "star", as a celestial object, is usually (or nearly always) defined as, well, e.g. the Sun, Sirius etc in dictionaries. However, it seems unnatural to ...
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Categorial grammar, Is 'leg' an adjective in 'skipping leg days'

I am working on CCG (combinatory categorial grammar), which assigns categories to words. So I was wondering if 'leg' is adjective, or just another noun in the phrase "skipping leg days". Or is "leg ...
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Is there an English word for non-vegetable fruits?

Is there an English word or phrase that describes the category of fruits that are not vegetables, i.e., that are sweet and mostly used as dessert? For example, apples and berries should be included, ...
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A word to describe a person who can change his voice at will

Somebody who has the gift or has learned the ability to speak in a different accent other than his native accent, such as a person having a native British accent, but is able to speak in a Chinese ...
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What word encompasses the name for a property that can apply to [“offensive”, “defensive”, “both”]?

I’m having troubles naming a concept. So you know how in football, you can be on offense, or defense? There’s kinda like…two sides there? Well, there might be things that apply only on offense, or ...
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Specifying a proper noun after a general noun

Consider this example sentence: The proceeds go to the non-profit organizations Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Children's International. Is "the" needed before "non-profit organizations"? Is ...
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Digits (location/position) vs. digits (glyph/symbol/value) on a display?

This is about (numerical) displays, eg. a "multiple-digit" display such as a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven-segment_display (LED or LCD) and the difference between a digit as a single-glyph ...
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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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prototypical noun versus element noun

Could anybody please help me read this part of an article correctly. The author, I think, says Santiago is a typical city and each of the typical cities has one hospital. I don't quite understand ...
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Noun for a persons overall financial status

I am looking for a noun that encompasses the abstract idea of a persons overall financial status. For example, a persons body (a noun that describes his/her physical presence) can have a disease ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Stupid and/or stupidly

As I understand the word 'stupid' is used as a noun, an adjective and as an adverb. However there is also the word 'stupidly' of which I think that's the proper adverb, but it is hardly used. Common ...
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Why do we say “plant a kiss”?

The term plant means a living organism; a thing with roots, shoots and leaves that needs water and sun in order to grow. So why do we say "to plant a kiss"? She planted a kiss...
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Shared root to “bobech”, “bobbin” and “bobby”?

Is there a shared etymological root to the following words? Bobech (glass collar on a candle) Bobbin (in a sewing machine) Bobby [pin] (woman's hair pin) I just learned the word bobech last ...
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“Contest” vs. “competition”

I've read plenty of discussions, and I wanted to know whether the following statements are true or false: contest is more casual than competition a competition relies more on intelligence while a ...
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Looking for a certain gender-neutral word [duplicate]

This is going to be a bit tricky to ask correctly, so sorry for making you read long, carefully crafted sentences! Sorry if it seem like excess (and it kinda is, but better safe than sorry, as I don't ...
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Word for someone who likes showing off her or his food [closed]

Word for someone who likes showing off her or his food,someone told me before, I have forgotten unfortunately.
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Is there a word for Condescending , Fake Empathy? [duplicate]

I am looking for a word to describe the situation : A poor person describes his struggles of poverty, while a middle-class (economically speaking) lady is faking her empathy to the man – and the ...
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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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Single noun that encompasses both writer and speaker

While writing and speaking are two different skill sets, they have much in common, and there are many people highly skilled in both. For instance, Garrison Keillor is both an excellent writer and an ...
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Are peas countable or non-countable?

Frequently in my childhood a conversation would arise at the dinner table that went something like this; "How many peas would you like?" "About sixty please". (Laughter ensues). The question befits a ...
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One word for someone who doesn't care about anything

A pessimist is someone who always considers negative outcomes of a situation, whereas an optimist always considers the positive outcomes. Is there a word for someone who, in any given situation, doesn'...
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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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single word noun for “whole” as opposed to parts/components? [closed]

What is a good single word noun for referring to the "whole" in a part-whole relationship? I'm looking for a noun with a clear connotation that suggests this thing is made up of parts and/or ...
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One's or ones possesive noun or not? [duplicate]

It is my first question on any stackoverflow site, so sorry if I have not researched the current available questions and answers enough (I tried), but I have thoroughly searched both the internet and ...
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Use of a possessive noun in place of a location

My friend and I have been arguing about the following sentence: "I left my trainers at my relatives’ in London" He believes this is correct as colloquially it is obvious that he has left his ...
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What is the name of this type of adjective?

Okay, I've been wondering this for a while. There's a specific type of adjective, and it seems to me that it should have a name, but I'm not sure if it does. It's the class of adjectives that can be ...
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Difference between “knowledge” and “know-how”

Is there any difference between these two? Do (suppose) technical knowledge and technical know-how convey different meaning?
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What's a word similar in usage to “diatribe,” but not as harsh?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a diatribe is defined as a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something. I had previously understood it to mean something more along the ...
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Using a noun phrase or a verb phrase as topic sentence

Can I start a topic sentence with a verb phrase or a noun phrase? For example: Firstly, improve their eating habits. .... Secondly, improve their physical lifestyles. ... or Firstly, the ...
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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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Nouns which change meaning in question/statement form

Most questions, when converted into statements, retain their overall "meaning", i.e. the statement is asserting what the question is asking. Question: Can you grate the pears? Assertion: You ...
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What does “lassar” mean in “The Most Dangerous Game”?

In the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" (1924) by Richard Connell, Zaroff says I hunt the scum of the earth: sailors from tramp ships—lassars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels—a thoroughbred ...
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an adjective after a noun [duplicate]

I have faced the following sentence: "The work leverages features unique to a particular platform." As far as I know an adjective is used before a noun but how can we say "features unique"? I think ...
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What is the “class-noun” for online and offline?

If something can either be yellow or red, green, blue, then its "redness" or "yellowness" "class-noun" would be its COLOR. If something can either be fast or slow, then its "fastness" or "slowness" "...
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Is “means” plural or singular?

Which is correct? There is no means to listen what he is saying. There are no means to listen what he is saying.
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What does an operative operate?

I’m trying to come up with a word which describes the thing an operative operates upon. That is, the target of the operation. For example, if a surgeon operates on a patient, and a chauffeur operates ...
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What's the noun for a team or person that is qualified in a tournament?

A team or person that passes the qualification rounds is then a... what? A qualifee? A qualitee? "Qualified team" is not what I'm looking for. Neither is contender or candidate since that doesn't ...
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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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What’s the right term for “expensive things that have no real use”

The rich people buy many luxury things like expensive cell phones, gadgets with brilliants, bags made of snake skin and other such things. They buy it in order to separate themselves from the “crowd” ...
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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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Is it necessary to add “a” before the noun in this sentence?

Consider the sentence fragment: ...as Business Development Representative, I would... If Business Development Representative describes a role occupied by a single person (for example, "as ...
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Plural or singular: “Long live Europe” or “Long lives Europe”

Is Europe is a singular or plural noun? Ursula von der Leyen said in an EU speech "long live Europe" instead of "long lives Europe". A quick search turn up sites like this, which simply says "...
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How can I prove a word is a noun?

When I read a sentence, I can identify nouns. But now I need to give proof that they are indeed nouns, and that is where it goes wrong. I can think of one or two things sometimes (like combining it ...
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Why is there an extra “t” in Lemmatization?

When we say : Specify, it becomes Specification (no t) Value, it becomes Valuation (no t) Custom, it becomes Customization (no t) Lemma is a code used in programming, to describe the ...
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What auxiliary verb should be used with a country name? [duplicate]

Could anyone tell which statement is correct : 1. India is playing 2. India are playing