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Is "rid" a noun in "I want rid of him"?

I want rid of him. This is a reduced form of I want to be rid of him. Rid is a past participle. From Using English To Rid : To dispose of Conjugation of verb 'Rid' V1 Base Form (Infinitive): To ...
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Foundation or foundational keyboard skills?

A compound noun is usually one that has an established usage as a single term: blackboard, water fountain, etc. I therefore wouldn't describe "foundation keyboard skill" that way. We usually ...
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Are "adaptiveness" and "adaptability" interchangeable?

There are no strong differences between the two in literal meaning, but adaptability is used far more commonly than adaptiveness. I have done a few searches (one in Corpus of Contemporary American ...
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Term for the period of time after a breakup?

In my opinion, the phenomenon you describe sounds very much like the period of time in which a person mourns the death of a loved one. It could also be called a period of bereavement. The phenomenon ...
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Capitalisation of a sacred object

I interpret the OP's question to be: Taking it as given that Wattle is capitalised in this context, should tree in the phrase Wattle tree be capitalised as well? That is, I set aside the question, ...
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Capitalisation of a sacred object

I wouldn't even capitalise wattle, let alone tree. Nor do most other writers... Being case-sensitive, the above chart misses sentences starting with The, so for good measure here are those too... Of ...
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Should "time" be capitalized?

You could consider "time" a proper noun if you consider it to represent the name of something. Presumably you would be personifying the concept of "time". ("Father Time", ...
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Is "Illegal dumping" a gerund or a noun? What about "occasional flooding"?

Illegal dumping of refuse into drainage can pollute surface water or cause occasional flooding. Dumping and flooding are nouns in this example. Gerunds are modified by adverbs: Carelessly painting ...
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