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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what is the meaning of “ Pressure Containing and Structural Castings” [closed]

Does it mean " Pressure Containing castings and Structural Castings" or "Pressure Containing-Structural Castings"?
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Formal definition for a specific type of concrete noun involving entities?

I am looking specifically for a list of proper concrete nouns that represent entities or categorizations of entities that can be used in place of the proper noun, however this is not what I am asking ...
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How does one parenthetically amend a noun in a sentence so that both the singular and plural form are included?

In a complex sentence with two subjects, each taking separate actions, the second subject is item (singular), which I want to amend to item(s) with a parenthetical s. How do I direct the rest of the ...
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What are correct words to use in order to name a user that updates something?

I would like to find correct words to use in order to name a user that updates something. That is, if for a user that creates something I say "creator user", what may I say for a user that updates ...
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What is the difference between the nouns start and beginning?

I'm curious about the general difference between the two, but I have to be more specific. I'd like to know the difference in the context of the noun period — should I use "the start of the period" ...
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“Employee” is to “employer” as “dependent” is to what? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A depends on B, is A dependant, or is B dependant? I'm trying to find a word that is the counterpart to "dependent", i.e. refers to the one who the dependent relies upon. A ...
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“Warm” is to “warmth” as “cool” is to what?

Is there a word for "coolness" that corresponds to warmth?
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Are “excerpt” and “excerption” interchangeable?

Can excerpt and excerption replace each other in a particular sentence without changing its meaning? For example, given these two sentences: He presented excerpts from William James' ...
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Can I use “you guys” when it includes gals? [Northeast USA] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “guy” gender-neutral? I'm in the Northeast USA. I'm about to email 3 people, 2 are women It is ok to say "I thought you guys would find this interesting" ? ...
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What is the difference between “task” and “assignment”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Task, project, assignment, job. Which one is correct in my case? These words don't have exact matches in Portuguese, so sometimes I get confused about their usage. When is it ...
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“That's the idea that someone does” vs. “it has the idea of someone does”

I'm trying to explain what something means. Is it correct to express that using the word "idea" as follows? He pulls up next to him. To pull up (pause). That's the idea that someone does X. He ...
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“Nation”: place or people?

I’m trying to sort out the full meaning of the word nation, specifically the degree to which it means a place versus a group of people. The question and answers here are specific but divided. User ...
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What does “realization” mean in this context?

I read a paper, named A Hybrid Novelty Score and Its Use in Keystroke Dynamics-Based User Authentication. It states in section 3 that For data sets, we used 10 realizations for parameter selection ...
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Is “cattle herds” grammatical? [closed]

I know that "a herd of cattle" and "many herds of cattle" are correct, but what about "cattle herds"? For example, We drove by cattle herds. Is that grammatical?
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“The contents of the cereal box” — singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “The contents are” or “the contents is” Which is correct? The contents of the cereal box is distributed among the children. The contents of the ...
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Looking for a more precise noun than “acceptance” [closed]

I want to express that someone who's renowned "has much social acceptance". But acceptance doesn't seem so close in meaning, I've seen another expression elsewhere, just couldn't find it.
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“Analysis” vs. “analyses”

The (U.S.) National Institutes of Health website has a webpage that states that it contains reports, data and analyses of NIH research activities I feel as though this sounds awkward. Would "...
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What would be a polite way to say “eyeballs”?

For radio, we have listeners. For TV, we have viewers. For newspapers, we have readers. For the internet, we become uncouth and regularly refer to our target as eyeballs. My question is: What is a ...
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What is the difference between a “part” and a “segment”

What is the difference between the two and and should I say "a part of the text" or "a segment of the text"?
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What is the difference of “Standing rules” of an organization and “Rules” of an organization? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the differences among ‘Rules’, ‘Standing Rules’, and ‘Bylaw’? I recently received the articles of an organization (community club) which is captioned as “Standing ...
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Can you call a cheeseburger a hamburger? [closed]

Can you call a cheeseburger a hamburger? I am eating self-made ones.
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“What led to you doing this thing” grammar?

I'm current curious about this sentence's grammar: What led to you doing this thing? It sounds like "you doing this thing" is noun. What is this grammar?
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“Inquiry” vs. “investigation” [closed]

When I'm involved in a project with the goal of analyzing (following some previously stated criteria) a set of research papers, which word is more suitable: inquiry or investigation? Or neither? If ...
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Noun for for u-shaped bend on electrical component's pin (wire) to aid in placement (Beading / Ribbing / Crimp)?

I'm trying to find the correct noun for a u-shaped bend in an electrical component's pin. Is there a generic technical term that may usually refer to a deformation to reinforce e.g. an (angle) bracket ...
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What does “even in costume” mean here?

I was reading The Invisible Man, here's the sentence: The stranger did not go to church, and indeed made no difference between Sunday and the irreligious days, even in costume. What does even in ...
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“adapt the discussion to suit your own needs” <- correct? [closed]

Consider this: The theory above was put forward in the most general way possible. You should adapt the discussion to suit your own needs. Is the phrase “you should adapt the discussion to suit ...
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French Quality Clothes

How can I make the difference in this kind of sentence : "French Quality Clothes" Does it mean : Clothes of the well-known "french quality" or Quality clothes from France ? And How can I ...
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Synonym for “application”

I am looking for a synonym for the word application as in mobile application. In Spanish I would use programa but I am not sure if English speakers would understand me if I use program to refer to an ...
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“Endorse” vs. “condone”

What is the difference in meaning/connotation between the two words? Is endorse "stronger", more positive? Also, endorse is to endorsement as condone is to what? Is there a noun counterpart?
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What is noun to adjective conversion called?

Are there any terms used to describe the conversion of a noun into an adjective and vica versa? redundant -> redundancy Synonyms are when two words mean the same thing. Is there a term similar ...
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What should I call the “list of answers” a student gives in a test? [closed]

I'm programming an e-learning web application. Among other things, it involves tests (examinations). On the context of this application, a Test is a list of Questions. Each Question is a list of ...
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What is the feminine noun for 'benedict'?

I came across the word 'benedict' recently: Benedict: A name for a newly married man, esp if formerly a confirmed bachelor Is there an equivalent feminine noun for a newly married woman? 'Bride' ...
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Can the word “luxury” be used as a concrete noun?

I was wondering if we can use the word "luxury" to refer to a "luxurious item", For example, are the sentences below considered grammatical? : I have a luxury. I have one luxury. I have three ...
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Term for graphical representation of sound

What is this called? How do we say oscillogram of the sound in one word?
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“Datasets” or “data sets”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct, “dataset” or “data set”? When writing about sets of data produced and analysed for a scientific experiment, which of the two forms ...
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How to check what type a noun is [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can we check if a noun is concrete or abstract? Is there any resource or online dictionary to check the type of noun? For example: I want to check if Room, House, Office, ...
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Can a non-person have “qualms” about something?

Is this a correct use of the word “qualm”? This theory has no qualms about challenging everything that physicists believe to be true. If “qualms” cannot be used by an impersonal thing, can you ...
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What is the difference between sauce and dressing? [closed]

What is the difference between sauce and dressing? Their purpose seems to be the same.
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Are restaurants retailers?

Can I represent restaurants by the noun retailer? I also want to group the entities hotels, museums, restaurants/cafes/bars and retailers. How do we group these cleverly? I am going to refer to them ...
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When to use “expectative” instead of “expectation”?

I'm not a native English speaker and here in Brazil we have the word "expectativa" as a noun. The expectative in English is defined as an adjective: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/expectative ...
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Term or phrase representing all objects inside of a parent object

I am programming an iOS App and I have an alert popup that asks a user to confirm the deletion of a directory. I want to show the following message: "DIR is not empty! Deleting this folder will ...
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What is the word that describes ethical smartness?

Intelligence can be used as a means to deceive and exploit vulnerable people. I believe, however, that proper thinking should always lead to righteous deeds. What is the word that describes the ...
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Can adjectives always be used as nouns when they denote a plural and are preceded by the definite article?

An adjective appears to be used as a noun when denoting an animate plural and preceded by the definite article: 'The successful are those who strive.' 'The foolish are those who procrastinate.'...
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When do we need to add 's' to a numeric year?

I have found some statements using the format years instead of year. When do we use years like 1950s and 2010s, rather than year like 1950 and 2010? Fish stocks here began to decline in the 1950s, ...
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Attributive and predicative position of an adjective

I have some difficulty understanding the position of adjectives. In English I have to put the adjective before the referred name (e.g., I'm an Italian man). In some languages (as Italian or Ancient ...
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What's the difference between “rock” and “stone”?

What's the difference between "rock" and "stone"?
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What is the difference between weight and heft?

There’s a dictionary saying heft means weight, but what does heft mean in the phrase of “weight and heft”? Is it "weight and weight"? I think there might be some difference between weight and heft, ...
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What's the difference between micro-particle and micron-particle? [closed]

A simple Google search gave me: Micro-particle 564,000 Micron-particle 309,000 Are they interchangeable or is there a difference between the two? Here is an example: Air filters remove dust, ...
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Can the word “opportunity” be used as a non-countable noun?

Can the word "opportunity" be used as a non-countable noun? Can I say "a lot of opportunity" like in "a lot of exposure" or "a lot of pressure"?