Questions tagged [nouns]

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Noun clauses after from, about etc

Hello everybody I am an enthusiastic English learner and I would like to ask a question about noun clauses. Knowing the fact that noun clauses are group of words that take place as a noun in sentences ...
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Writing and learning [closed]

What is it which makes life happy. Please find out error and explain the error.
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How do you say the total amount of time that has been spent in a job position?

I'd like to know what's the best word to describe someone that has been in a certain job position. For example, if I was hired in January and now it's March, my _______ (word I'd like to know) is 3 ...
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What is the singular form of fennel?

If I have one fennel bulb, what do I call it? What is the singular form of fennel?
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What is the name of an entry in an index?

What is the name of an entry in an index? For example, an element of a taxonomy is a taxon and elements of a taxonomy are taxa. What is the equivalent for an index?
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hyphenated noun

I am proofreading a text and I am not sure if I should hyphenate the following noun. We are considering limits in which, without going into details, something happens to different objects, A1, A2, A3,...
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Word for 'an event automatically happening earlier than planned, caused by something else'?

How would you call an action (or event) that occurs earlier than originally planned, in reaction to some condition or other event happening? Examples: When you put a pan on a stove with a timer, ...
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Police officer working undercover as an inmate

Is there a term for a police officer or someone else working for a country's security forces who masquerades as an inmate and is put into a cell with a suspect in order to extract information? I'm ...
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Looking for nouns that describe someone who doesn't ascend/go to heaven

I'm currently looking for nouns that describe someone who won't go to heaven or someone who was given an opportunity to move on but refused. I'm currently writing a novel that involves fallen angel ...
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synonym for a “request to join”

Given a group of people and a person, if the group asks the person to join, the group "invites" the person, or sends "invitation." If the person requests to join the group, what is a word (preferably ...
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What is the subjective inverse of “invite” or “invitation”?

If you are about to do something and you ask someone to join you, you "invite" (verb) them, or send them an "invitation" (noun). But, in the opposite direction, if they ask to join you, what verb or ...
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What is another term for co-worker but for someone ranked higher?

What is a term for a director of a program (or anyone ranked higher) that I don't directly report to, but I've worked with on various committees?
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pronouns before nouns

I have this sentence: "Tilly laid down in the center of the room, arms under her head and eyes closed serenely." Do I need pronouns before the nouns ie "Tilly laid down in the center of the room, her ...
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“Weigh benefit(s) against risk(s)”

Both nouns can be either a count noun or a mass noun. I think individually benefit tends to be used countably more than it appears as a mass noun. We list the potential benefits (count) of a thing. ...
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“interactible” or “interactable”

I came across this when developing a computer system in an object-oriented way. That is grouping data and functionality which relate to each other into objects and give those objects names. Now, ...
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Test subject but the subject is an inanimate object

I'm looking for a synonym(?) for ‘test subject’ that is applicable when the subject is an inanimate object. I've tried using the thesaurus looking for synonyms of 'test subject' but it's only ...
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Why can't a count noun denote a class when used alone without any determiner?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 335) says: A count noun denotes a class of individuated entities of the same kind. Boy, for example, denotes the class of boys. For example, in ...
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Capitalization of programs

In the following sentence, which words would be capitalized? The Clean Parks and Rivers program was overseen by senior elders, the Hunter Valley Advisory Council, and Acme Inc's regional program ...
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Is the repetition of a pronoun instead of stressing it possible?

In English it is usual to stress a personal pronoun or a noun so as to introduce a departure from the preceding spell of conversation in which is mentioned another agent in relation to the same ...
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What is correct name to use when referring to a person who is hosting an online call?

I am thinking about few alternatives: host, facilitator and chairperson. What would be the correct name? Maybe there are some better alternatives?
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Noun opposite of a theoretician?

What do you call someone who is concerned with / active in practice and application rather than theory? That is, what is the noun opposite of "theoretician"? I've looked on thesaurus.com, WordHippo....
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Word or term for contentment, balance, wellness, good health, at home

Looking to uncover a word or term that embodies this spirit, but is not so literal. That evokes a sense of “what is it”, what will I discover in the place. A place to achieve this sense of well-...
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What is a word for a mixed-species group of animals?

We have words like flock, gaggle, herd, and bevy for groups of animals of the same species. Is there a word for a group of animals of mixed species? Something like, "I have a [word] of geese, goats, ...
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What noun should I use when I want “seekability”?

This is programming lingo and apparently not a word in the dictionary and so I would like to be able to solve "this problem" with only dictionary primitives. (If you allow me to speak that away.) A ...
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When do we use this construction? Auxiliary verb + subject + verb

I was trying to find some info about this construction but couldn't succeed, although I happen to encounter it here and there almost every day. So the construction is: auxiliary verb + subject + verb. ...
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A noun which means the main problem in a problem or the thing which slows/drags everything else down

so for example, everyone in a class gets all high marks, but the average gets reduced due to that one person in the class due to their low marks. what would you call that person? theyre essentially ...
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What is a word for a person who desires to get married, or that desire?

What word or words could be accurate used to express that someone strongly desires to be married? This could be in general or to a specific person, but particularly the general case. Misogamist is ...
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The state of being melancholic is called melancholia. What are similar words for other 3 Graeco-Roman temperaments?

Melancholic -> melancholia Choleric -> ?? Sanguine -> ?? Phlegmatic -> ??
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Army of Soldiers vs Troop of Soldiers

Which of the two is correct ? Is anyone wrong ? Troop: 1.soldiers or armed forces. 2.a group of soldiers, especially a cavalry unit commanded by a captain, or an airborne unit. AND Army : ...
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“I saw you doing something” [duplicate]

Apologize that I know there are many similar questions but I am still not satisfied with them so asking a new question here. For example, there is a sentence like "I saw you doing something". Non-...
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Word for a person using their position to grant favors for personal benefit

I'm looking for a word that means "a person using their position (can be political) to grant favors for personal benefit". I used to know the word but I forgot. I am not thinking of corrupt or ...
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Convert Singular noun to plural noun

I get confused while converting singular noun to its plural form.In compound noun, is there any way to find which word to change into its plural form? Example : General manager , secretary general . ...
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Use of an Article for Performance

The word performance in the broadest sense is a countable noun and hence would require an article. However, what happens in a different context when performance is not countable. Which of these two ...
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Difference between portable, mobile, handheld and wearable devices

What are main differences in portable, mobile, handheld and wearable devices in technical area and what are some examples of devices from each category?
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Is there a term for an adult without children, similar to “orphan” for the other way around?

For a child without any parents, there is a term - orphan. Is there such a term for the opposite - an adult without any children? This question actually comes out of a software development situation ...
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A small sliver of moon rock

In the following sentences, does 'small' function as an adverb or an adjective? Visitors will be astounded at the amazing exhibits; one of these is a small sliver of moon rock that visitors are ...
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Is it 'James and his family know' or 'James and his family knows'?

When joining multiple nouns that refer to someone, how does one properly address the lot? I have a feeling it's the first.
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Prepositions and Noun Phrases

does a noun phrase followed by a prepositional phrase form another noun phrase? Example: The road to hell 'The road' and 'hell' form two separate noun phrases. Does, 'The road to hell' ...
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General term for something real as opposed to digital/virtual?

I'm looking for a term that encompasses physical objects, people, processes. Basically everything from the real world as opposed to the digital. I have considered entity, but I am not sure, whether it ...
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“what a + noun” vs “what + noun”

When should I use "what a + noun" and when just "what + noun", in case "what" acts as a determiner? For example: 1a. What a mistake he made! 1b. What mistake he made! 2a. He realizes ...
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I'm looking for the word that says there's such a thing as using too much description

In editing a book I'm trying to find the word to tell the author that there is such a thing as using too many descriptive phrases or too much description. Anyone? Keep thinking alliteration, but that'...
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'Have licence' vs. 'Have /a/ licence'

I wrote in an essay: 'We now have licence to move beyond [an idea].' Grammarly flagged this up, saying that I should add an article before 'licence'. Is this true, or is 'licence' interchangeable with ...
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is “intriguity” an actual word? [closed]

Intriguity as in "the state of being intrigued; curiosity"? I saw it being used by writers multiple times, but now that I wanted to use it myself, I tried searching it up in the dictionaries and ...
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Is it ok to say “call with <person>”

I am trying to find any vocabulary that has some examples of the subj. I am interested in using the "call" as a noun, not verb. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/call https://www....
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What's the difference between index and indicator?

My phrase is: "The main (indexes / indicators) of regional development". Which noun should I use? I have searched for any difference in their meanings on the Internet, but didn't find anything ...
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One noun two adjectives [closed]

I have two notions that are similar the one is called "full group algebra" and the other "reduced group algebra". How do I combine those with an "and"? Can I abbreviate it to "there is the full and ...
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Why don't you say “the” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I asked a friend of mine who lives in France, who isn't so good at speaking the English language, if she has a favorite animal and she answered with: Yes I like the cats. I told her that you don't ...
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Subtle meanings of the noun 'stole', or am I reading too much in to it?

I'm referring to the item of clothing. Not theft. The definitions and descriptions that I've been able to find for the word 'stole' all have some indication of religious context. It always seems ...
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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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What's the different between “precaution” and “prevention” in English?

I always confuse "precaution" with "prevention". They are very similar in meaning, but what's different in usage?