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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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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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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Which is correct, “dataset” or “data set”?

I keep writing dataset. Is that correct, or should I write data set?
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Word like “sirsee” for an unexpected, usually small, gift?

Throughout our marriage, my wife would occasionally come in from shopping and hand me a bag containing an unexpected gift...anything from a small bag of candy to a shirt. When I'd ask why she got ...
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Single word for undo / redo capability

I'm looking for a single word that describes an application that provides the capability to redo or undo steps. My first thoughts were something like modifiable software, which doesn't really suit my ...
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What is the proper noun for the guy sitting beside truck driver?

I cannot find the proper noun for the guy who is accompanying the truck driver throughout the journey?Is he considered a truck driver? His responsibility is to drive the truck when the main driver is ...
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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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A good noun for a two-faced person

I'm in need of a word that describes someone who has two personalities (they don't necessarily contrast each other, good/evil).
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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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What are names for a gold digger's man?

A gold digger is an informal term for: A woman who associates with or marries a man chiefly for material gain What would the gold digger's man be called? A mark? A sugar daddy? Edit: I'm editing ...
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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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The number of (the) unemployed/super-rich/poor/dead/infected

'The + adjective' usually means 'adjective + people'. For example, the unemployed means 'unemployed people'. In this type of construction, you cannot remove the. But when the construction is ...
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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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What should I call a person from New Zealand?

The question “They are Australian” vs “They are Australians” on English Language Learners made me think of what people from New Zealand should be called. With Australian people it's quite clear, you ...
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Is there a word for “umming”?

Is there a word for saying "um" or "uh", etc, during speaking? Or a word for "um" and "uh", etc?
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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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Is there a name for the relationship between a movement and a follower of that movement?

Movements and philosophies often have a specific term that is used to describe followers of it. For example, Islam and Muslims, the Society of Jesus and Jesuits, Communism and Communists, even the ...
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Are/is “headquarters” always used as plural?

I'm studying Intelligent Business English, there is a question like this: ... The company has offices in six countries, but the -------- are in Brussels. a. headquarters b. main c. bank d. house I ...
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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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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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Does the word “units” have a valid abbreviation?

Is there any precedent for abbreviating the word Units, and if more than one, is there any standardized prescription (no pun intended on my example) for which abbreviation to use in which context? ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who creates many different things?

Say I wrote books, made video games, created films and cartoons; is there a noun to describe someone who creates a multitude of things like the ones previously mentioned? "Creator" sounds cryptic, "...
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Is it a valid noun “the built”?

I am reading a book The Business of the 21st Century and came across the word "built" used as a noun. Building genuine wealth is as much about the builder as it is about the built. It is written ...
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Noun for borrow

A customer borrows a book from a library. The library stores all of these "actions" in a database. What will be a single entry in that database called?
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When to use noun or pronoun? [question related to parallelism, noun, pronoun, idioms]

Take a look at the following examples. The King and I The other person and I It's your fault, not the other person's. The other person has left the room. I stay. My person has ...
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Semantic Difference between “Skill” and “Skills”

I believe that there is a subtle semantic difference between skills and skill. According to the Oxford English dictionary, the uncountable noun "skill" refers to the ability to do something well ...
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No article before a noun (spoken language?)

I've recently noticed that in some cases, the article before a noun is dropped. I assume this is only characteristic of spoken interaction. The first time I noticed this was while watching a gameplay ...
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What's the difference between the words “heir”, “heritor” and “inheritor”?

What is the difference in meaning and/or usage between the words “heir”, “heritor” and “inheritor”? Are they interchangeable synonyms or are there situations where some either don't apply or are ...
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Do we have a word for the state of being photogenic?

What's a noun for the state of being photogenic? For instance, if someone says, 'I'm not very photogenic' and I want to counter by saying I have to differ with you regarding your ...
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There is not evidence vs. There is not any evidence vs. There is no evidence vs. There isn't evidence

A Washington Post article titled "Justice Dept. concludes that no, Michael Brown’s hands probably were not up" has this: According to the report, here is what investigators believe most ...
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Evening and night in English

How exactly are the words 'evening' and 'night' used in English? Are there certain times when evening, and when night, are considered to begin? Do these periods overlap?
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Could “cookbook” mean “usual”?

I am reading the following article: Nelson, T., Maxfield, S., & Kolb, D. (2009). Women entrepreneurs and venture capital: Managing the shadow negotiation. International Journal of Gender ...
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Is there a hypernym for persons and companies as entities?

I have to describe owners of certain properties and those can be persons or companies. I was thinking of naming them entities, but that seems too broad.
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Noun + Verb + ing, what grammar structure is it?

I saw in my book this sentence: Arctic animals are now in danger because of ice melting due to global warming. I am wondering what type of grammar structure ice melting and global warming is? Is ...
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What is the difference between use and usage?

Can use and usage be written interchangeably? Does use include usage under its scope? Does usage has more specific meaning attached to it? If there is any difference, tell me one striking difference ...
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What do you call a person who is a mentor to someone but he is not aware of it

Say I have a person called 'X' and he has been following every move, every mistake of 'Y' and has secretly considered him a mentor in his own mind. But 'Y' does not know about it. One day 'X' decides ...
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Can because appear in the start of a sentence?

I am usually used to writing because in the middle of a sentence during my school days. But nowadays I find that because also appears in the start of a sentence. Even if because is used in the start ...
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Why is “ammunition” shortened to “ammo” and not “ammu”?

According to Etymonline, ammo has been used as a shortened form of ammunition since 1917. Why does the shortened version end in o instead of u? The only reason I can think of is that it matches other ...
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Need a single-word term for “an artist who produces drawings”

All my life I've been looking for a single word in English to describe someone who draws. It would be the equivalent of "a painter", or "a ceramicist", or "a sculptor". "Draftsman" has a technical ...
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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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On Becoming Excellence

I'm trying to come up with an interesting title for a self-help type of blog and I've fallen on the name in the title but I don't know whether it's grammatically correct. I don't need perfection but ...
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Friends' friends [duplicate]

If I'm friends with Alice, and Alice is friends with Bob, is there a specific term for my relationship with Bob, or is it just "a friend of a friend"?

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