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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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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Is “today” not a noun? [closed]

Can anyone clarify.. why "today" is not a noun, when "morning" is a noun? Thank you
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there any difference between “the rise of the moon” and “the rising of the moon”?

I would like to know how these two are different, "the rise of the moon" and "the rising of the moon", or if any of them is not grammatically correct.
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Past-tense noun form of “Archiving”?

I have the following status messages in some code: Deleting Session Data... Deletion complete. I want to use the same sentence structure (no alternate structure suggestions, please) to create ...
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Do you find “only belongings of somebody” a little bit wierd?

In the sentence below, do you think it is weird to say "only belongings" for "belongings" is a collective noun. The angry mob destroyed the man's only belongings.
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Countable uncountable noun vs always singular noun

I always refer to LDOCE for definitions of words. There is additional info on the senses there. That's why I love it. But, I am still deeply confused with these noun classifications; countable ...
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“The solution would be that he go and talk.”

Just need to confirm if this construction is correct. Would also really appreciate it if it could be broken down too from a grammatical perspective. Many thanks!
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Should I use a plural noun when grouping two cancers? “Pancreatic and prostate cancer(s)”

My girlfriend (non-native speaker) recently approached me with the following question - which of the following would you use? Glycemic variants affect pancreatic and prostate cancer, but not ...
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Is “an upper bound of A, denoted by upper(A), can be derived as follows:” a normal English expression?

Recently, I'm writing an English paper. In a section, I want to define an upper bound of A as upper(A). To avoid duplication, I wan to combine two sentences: When pre-contingency security ...
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Can I use a noun clause introduced by “that” as the direct object of “curse”?

I wrote the following sentence "She cursed that only leaving could cure her." I am aware it sounds odd; I am purely interested in whether it is grammatical. I was told that it is not because "curse" ...
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Word for “mid-sized wild mammalian land animal,” equivalent to Sanskrit “mṛga.”

I am looking for an English translation for the Sanskrit word mṛga. This word refers to wild animals that are somewhat below the top of the food chain. The archetypical mṛga is a deer. They are ...
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What nouns can be used to mean someone who is angrily inciting hatred in a public area against innocent people? [duplicate]

What nouns can be used to mean someone who is angrily inciting hatred in a public area against innocent people? I'm imagining a person who might stand on a raised platform in a town square addressing ...
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Using an article plus an adjective without a noun and another article plus a singular noun [duplicate]

Please consider the following, guys. I met a good and a bad mother on the way here What I am trying to say: There were two mothers, one bad and one good. Is it okay to use that construction? Or need I ...
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Question about noun compound

I need to convert some noun compounds into regular sentences, and I am having trouble with four of them: 1) greatly reduced atmospheric ozone depletion. 2) an airport air traffic controller. 3) air ...
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“Genealogy” for relationships between teachers?

Is there an equivalent word to "genealogy" that describes relationships between teachers? Like the relationship between a teacher, their student and their student's student, etc.?
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Capitalization of “Grant”

Should grant be capitalized in this sentence? I don't know the rule that to apply to ensure I'm writing correctly. CS = Community Safety. I've provided two examples. A representative from the Office ...
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“Because + noun” : a new usage [duplicate]

I encountered with these sentences : No work tomorrow because holidays!  Of course evolution is true, because science. "BECAUSE + NOUN" is a new usage to me. I think 'because' has been used here as ...

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