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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“Food” vs. “foods” — spelling and meaning [closed]

I've been looking around the Internet. Some websites say that foods is incorrect but others say it is correct.
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Which lexical class does “wont” fall into in this sentence?

As he is wont to do. Is "wont" an adjective, noun, verb, or something else in this context? How would you determine which lexical class wont falls into in any given sentence, since it can be used as ...
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A word for passing through a tollgate, turnpike, etc

I'm looking for a noun that describes a car passing through a tollgate; it's this event I'm trying to name. A person going through a turnpike might be similar, I guess. Possible use of word would be ...
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In the sentence “Go for a kayak” is “kayak” a verb or a noun?

I thought it would be a verb considering it is being used in place of "ride in a kayak". However if 'a' is a indefinite article, doesn't it have to refer to a noun? Would that make the word 'kayak' a ...
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Using “connotation of” in an active manner?

How can I use the word connotation is a more active phrasing? Often, if I want to say an object that suggests magic, I may say "the object has a connotation of being magical". But this phrasing is ...
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Need a generic term for “model types” and “platforms” [closed]

We are a team of 2 developing a web application. It allows scientists to upload files with measurement data. My question is about how we should name one kind of metadata. An uploaded file might be ...
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Which to use: “altitude” or “elevation” in regards to height above sea level?

I've developed an Android application that is used as a Car Home replacement. One of the pieces of information that I return to the user is what I originally called "altitude": the height above sea ...
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Are 'accuracy' and 'precision' interchangeable nouns?

The dictionary for accuracy says: The quality or state of being correct or precise. The ability to perform a task with precision. And for precision: The quality, condition, or fact ...
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Problem with two abstract noun usages describe a perfume [closed]

For every Casanova, here is an eau de parfum inviting intense pleasure, an amber fern mixing fine wooded tunes and touches of lemony freshness, sublimed by the elegance of lavender. Warmed with heady ...
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What does “O'Doul” refer to in this context? [closed]

In the latest episode of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, there was this joke: I’ve got a lab full of alcoholic monkeys and tomorrow is the day we switch ‘em to O’Doul’s. I can't really understand ...
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Using “déjà vu” as an adjective

Usually, I use the word déjà vu as a noun, e.g. "sense of déjà vu aroused by an experience". But the sentence sounds somewhat passive this way and less interesting and also long. I couldn't find an ...
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What is the noun for 'self-evident' or 'obvious'?

I am looking for a noun to describe something that is self-evident. I don't think I can say 'this is a self-evidency', but searching online and on this forum, I haven't found a proper alternative yet.
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Term for buzzing or hissing sound often created by vibration

Specifically, I am referring to the hissing, buzzing, S-like, or fuzzy sound that is created when electronic speakers play sounds or music near their volume or frequency limits. I recall having ...
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Does the noun 'hand in' exist?

I know that there is a verb "to hand in" (see Merriam Webster). Is there a noun which means the action of "handing something in"? Is this also called the "hand in"? Does a sentence like "When is the ...
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'The' article before the word plural

I have seen the statements such as the following one in some literature: "In the book 'XYZ' the word 'House' is never used in the plural." To me the word 'THE' right before plural seems very wierd....
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What is the origin of the phrase “I'll take a raincheck”?

What is the origin of the phrase I'll take a raincheck?
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Is “crevice” an abstract or concrete noun? [closed]

I can't find an answer to this question that my students and I are debating about. Is crevice an abstract or concrete noun?
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“Daily conversations” vs. “daily conversation”

I am currently programming my own blog system to share knowledge about the Microsoft technology ASP.NET MVC, because I am rather passionate about web software development. I thought of calling it ...
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What's a noun to describe the state of blinking?

To follow an existing pattern in my program, I need a noun to describe the state of (not) blinking or flashing. Default color Default brightness Default...? 'Solidity' almost works, but ...
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“Extirpation” vs “Perdition” vs “Smash”

I am a bit confused, how can I use these three words differently when their meaning is almost the same? Extirpation Perdition Smash
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Name to distinguish between parameters used for 'is not equal' operations and those used for 'is equal' operations

I am writing a dating website (for example) which allows a person to search for partners matching certain features. i.e "non-blondes in New York". I am having trouble trying to find the perfect words ...
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“Ear doctor's” vs “Ear doctor”

In one of Stephen King's books titled "On Writing" he writes: "The next week my mother called another taxi, we went back to the ear doctor's, and I found once more lying on my side with the absorbent ...
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Word or phrase indicating incompetence or unsuitability?

This may be as simple as a synonym for hallmark, but with a negative connotation. An example: A security consultant publishes an article on security practices that is so egregiously erroneous that it ...
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Can “edition” be used to mean “the act of editing/changing something”?

As one say creation for "the act of creating something", couldn't the word edition mean "the act of changing something"? I was under the impression it was the case. But a remark from one of my ...
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A word meaning “going south to get north”

I want to describe a situation when to get a south bound route you need to drive north. I'm looking for a noun. A couple possible suggestions I've seen: "It is quite a bit of a diversion" and "It ...
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What are the differences between 'incident', 'issue' and 'affair'?

What are the difference between incident, issue, and affair? How should one use them?
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Killer Queen. The usage of noun sequences of length two and more. Ambiguity of nouns phrases in English

I have a question about nouns triplets like "sofa box container" and I'll formulate it at the end. I have some reasoning and I want to make sure I'm correct. First of all consider the following ...
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Why are “homework” and “work” uncountable in English? [closed]

In Bulgarian both "homework" and "work" are countable. Why are they uncountable in English then? What is the difference in meaning that makes that happen?
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How to use “social disparity”

How should the phrase social disparity be used in a sentence? There was great social disparity between A and B. The social disparity was great between A and B.
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What part of speech is “atom” in “hydrogen atom”?

What is the type (adjective, noun, etc.) of the word atom in hydrogen atom? I think that atom here does not qualify hydrogen in any way and we can use it or not, and the meaning of the word hydrogen ...
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Can “few” be used as a substantive?

I feel doubts regarding the usage of few as a substantive. The sentence is: "Both kinds of literature are the product of the academic few." Is this correct? Now I want to place the adjective ...
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Using 'the' in front of proper nouns?

This may be an incredibly stupid question but I'm having a bit of trouble with it. If I want to write: I transferred flights at the airport. Then I know I need to use 'at the' as 'airport' is a ...
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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. ...
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Term for an event being referred to by its location or date

Is there a term for referring to an organization by its city rather than by its name? mentions synecdoche and metonym as terms used when an organization is referred to by its location. Do these terms ...
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Is there a single word to describe a “young wizard”?

A wizard is an expert magician but there are some trainees (like Sabrina the Teenage Witch). I was wondering if there is a single word to describe an amateur or young wizard as opposed to fully ...
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“Two substances with plasticizer contents of B and Z, and C and Z respectively”

I have a problem with the word "content". I wish to describe two mixtures of substances: M1:A with plasticizer B, and M2:A with plasticizer C. Both mixtures contain a common third component, ...
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“Institution”, “body” or “organ”

I'm a non-native speaker active in a labor union that does not use English internally. The union has a representative assembly (made up of representatives of branches), whose existence is mandated by ...
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What's the difference between “day” and “date”?

Day may refer to: the day of the week (e.g., Monday, Tuesday); the day of the month (e.g, 2nd day of February); a unit of time (e.g., this task would take 2 days to complete). A date on the other ...
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Term for check-in location

What is a general term for a check-in location? Specifically this is a location where people can be assigned. They include offices, deployment areas, staging areas, site-locations, warehouses, ...
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What do you call moving a word to change a sentence's meaning?

Prosodic stress is stressing different words to change meaning: I didn't take the test yesterday. (Somebody else did.) I didn't take the test yesterday. (I did not take it.) I didn't take the test ...
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Term for type of mask [closed]

What is the term for this? In my language we have a special word for it, not just mask.
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Why are “connection” and “connexion” both used in the same work?

This question, Google Ngrams, Wikipedia, and several dictionaries all say that connexion is an alternate, obsolete spelling of connection. I am reading a several-hundred page treatise (Milton S. ...
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Term for space in a bank where tellers work

Is there a term for the work area inside a bank branch, the "behind the counter" area where tellers work and cash, checks, deposit slips, etc. are kept?
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Subscriber is to subscription as provider is to …?

As the title suggests I am looking for a noun which describes the connection between a person (the provider) and the objects or services he provides. It will be used in the same context as the pair “...
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What are the reflective thingies called in English?

I'm looking for the proper word for these things you wear to avoid being driven over by cars at night.
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Is there a word for having more than ten fingers?

I recently read an article about a man who had twelve fingers and twelve toes. Is there a word for this genetic anomaly?
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Footage shot in advance

Is there a word meaning "footage shot in advance" in English? I mean, there's a live TV show and before the host starts interviewing his guest, some material from her earlier life and work, or ...
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What would you call a psychological tool that does more than diagnose?

There are many types of electronic or automotive tools that can help diagnose a problem, such as a volt-ohmmeter or an OBD scanner. There are different tools to help fix a problem, such as a soldering ...
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Plurality of data [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “data” considered singular or plural? Milton Friedman, the Nobel-prize winning economist used to threaten that he would "take away any graduate student's Ph.D. ...
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What does “animal” mean in the following context? [closed]

Does animal here mean 4a person with a particular interest or aptitude in the Merriam-Webster? Mr. Black recalled that Mr. DiCaprio dug up obscure film footage of a young Hoover giving speeches ...