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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“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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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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“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 do we use 'like' as noun? [closed]

The World has rarely seen the like of Mahatma Gandhi. Why is 'like' used as noun in the above sentence?
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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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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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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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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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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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It is correct the use of this word “electrophoretically”? [closed]

I wrote this sentence "The quality of obtained PCR-products was determined electrophoretically in 2% agarose gel." I'm a little afrain about the use of the word "electrophoretically&...
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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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A verb for accentuating an uncertainty

I need to express the idea that the act of adopting certain idealization produces the effect of increasing the uncertainty of a certain conclusion. To say that that the idealization has an ...
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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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Chicks - Girls, Cats - Boys?

The 1950's song Fever (covered, among others, by Elvis Presley) contains the following lines: Now you've listened to my story Here's the point that I have made Cats were born to give chicks ...
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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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Do I capitalize s on “son” when it's used casually such as “Say hi to your pa for me, son.”?

"Tell your pa I'm here, sonny." or "Tell your pa I'm here, Sonny." (When the boy's name is not Sonny.)
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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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What do you call the container that looks like a ‘Pringles bottle’?

I don't need to eat that Pringles. I need the name of the bottle that contains them, i.e. which is long, doesn't need to be round, empty inside and light-weight. What do you call such a thing in ...
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Will definitely be Vs will be definitely

Why are we saying "There will definitely be some information", instead of "There will be definitely some information"? Thanks,
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Origin and usage of “a shambles”

"Shambles" is one of the few singular nouns in English that blatantly resembles a plural noun. What is the origin of "a shambles"? Why do we really need to prefix an "a" in front of "shambles"? Which ...
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Synonym for “follow-up” meaning the most experienced waiter as a noun

I used to work for a restaurant that had waiter teams. There were three roles: Aid, Lead, and Follow-up. The Aid was basically the busboy. The Lead greeted the customers, took the drink orders, got ...
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“Room” versus “space” (in the sense of unoccupied volume)

Space: Place, having more or less extension; room. Room: Unobstructed space; space which may be occupied by or devoted to any object (…) (from Webster's) The general guiding his troops wants ...
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What is the plural of “scenario”?

What is the plural of "scenario"? I have always used "scenarios", but have recently come across "scenaria" and "scenarii". Should I be treating it as an Italian or Latin word?
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Ending a sentence with the noun, disapproval

Could I end a sentence with the word, disapproval? As in the paragraph below. "Actually, I could imagine that happening. He conceivably released the shark that killed him and it gnawed at someone....
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Is a name a noun or an adjective?

I was meditating this morning and this came to me. Hear me out: A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. An adjective on the other hand is something which describes a noun. My name is Jesse. If ...
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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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Small mountain or low mountain?

What do you call something that is smaller than a mountain but bigger than a hill? There is a small mountain near my hometown. "Small mountain" sounds better than "low mountain" to me but I got ...
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Use of “overview” as a verb

The Cambridge dictionary defines the word "overview" only as a noun! Is the use of this word as a verb also acceptable? For example, in a scientific paper presenting an overview in a sentence like: ...
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Nouns modified by adverbs?

I am curious to find out information about the semantics of ungrammatical phrases like "Suddenly Susan" (a film title) or "Purely Pickles" (a food brand), where an adverb modifies ...
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Combination of plural nouns

This question bugs for for a long period of time already and finally, I found a place to ask to native speakers. Consider the following 2 situations: Situation 1: There are 10 firms. Each of the 10 ...
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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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What is the difference between a “category” and a “type”

Is there a difference between the terms category and type? I can't seem to figure out when I should use one over the other.
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Word that means “something that can be abbreviated”

The two answers that spring to mind are "abbreviable" and "abbreviatable," however neither of them feel correct. Searching the Internet has yielded no conclusive results - dictionaries seem to contain ...
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Specialism or/vs speciality

I had never heard of specialism until I encountered it in some British professional bodies' databases I was researching. I had thought it was a fake word because speciality would be the noun we use ...
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An expression for section of leg just above the ankle

Correct me If I'm wrong - As far as I understand, the ankle is the region where the foot and the leg meet or the bone/bump right above the heel. Is there a single word or a simple expression for a ...
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Is sentence “I am a Chinese” correct?

I read from an article about this confusing sentence. since Chinese is both adj and noun,I suppose "I am a Chinese" is grammatically correct just like "I am an American"? Do native speakers prefer ...
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Use of “the” before a noun

I am struggling with my english writing, especially the use of “the”. For example, in this sentence, should we add “the” before “stock performance”? “ we show that stock performance is one of the main ...
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“User accounts” or “users account”

Is it correct to say user accounts or users account when referring to the accounts any user has on a site like this one? In general, in the case of a noun that is used as adjective for the noun that ...
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Noun + of + noun

I am not a native speaker of English. Sometimes I am a bit confused with some English sentences.For instance: 1) The advantages of the car are.... 2) The advantages of a car are..... 3) Advantages ...
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What kind of noun is the 'Royal College of Surgeons'?

Would it just be considered a compound noun or is there another name for it? And even though surgeons is plural, would it still take 's to make the possessive (i.e. the Royal College of Surgeons's ...
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Can “problematic” be used as a noun? [closed]

Can "problematic" be used as a noun, as a synonym for dilemma, conundrum, or a problem which gives rise to a study?
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Word that means “tendency to avoid something”

I am looking for a word that means "tendency to avoid something". At first I thought that aversion fit the bill, but then I learned that it meant "a strong dislike towards something." For example, ...

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