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Noun phrases within other noun phrases

When there is a plural noun heading a phrase, and no determiner present, it's ambiguous whether it's a nominal or a noun phrase without context. In this case, its function as complement of a ...
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Noun phrases within other noun phrases

Calling something a "partitive" does not make it different. Calling something "partitive oblique" simply makes it obscure. Labels are arbitrary. English nests noun phrases in many ...
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Noun phrases within other noun phrases

a group of business leaders and politicians The NPs are in bold {a group of business leaders and politicians} is an NP. Preposition + NP = modifier. Adjectival modifiers (adjuncts) are very common {...
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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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Capitalisation of a sacred object

According to most Style Guides, Proper Nouns will have Capitalizations through out, except maybe for words like "the", "a" or "of". So both words in your example should ...
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Word for the opposite of "hypochondriasis"

How about tough. Some folks have to put work ahead of pain so they won’t complain about pain so they can get paid… just plain TOUGH.
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The word "glee": How prevalent is the aspect of 'schadenfreude' in normal use?

From Vocabulary.com Definitions of glee noun great merriment synonyms:gleefulness, hilarity, mirth, mirthfulness see more noun malicious satisfaction synonyms:gloat, gloating There is a negative view ...
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The word "glee": How prevalent is the aspect of 'schadenfreude' in normal use?

I have heard it used where is to describe someone with a low level of responsibility or someone who is insane, as in the glee of irresponsibility or the glee of insanity. I picture these people ...
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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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Is "Illegal dumping" a gerund or a noun? What about "occasional flooding"?

You are basically correct. A gerund is a nominal form of a verb. People usually give its part of speech as "verb", not "noun". Like other nominals, it can function as a subject, ...
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A gerund or use a regular noun: "critically analyzing" or "critical analyzing" or "critical analysis"?

As is usually the case where there is a choice, the 'pure' noun choice emphasises the field etc, the ing-form the carrying out of the process. Though there can be a single event - general domain ...
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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 there a specific term for the short descriptions of a movie or TV episode present in TV guides?

I would like to resurrect this thread to say that, while I am very grateful for the responses, I can't help but feel like I didn't find the answer I was looking for xD My best guess is the word ...
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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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An informal term used for someone who has an affinity for American culture?

A Yankee Doodle from The History of "Yankee Doodle" What would eventually become a patriotic American folk song, actually began with a disparaging term aimed at belittling the might and ...
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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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Term for the period of time after a breakup?

It's the time when someone is on the rebound. According to Lexico: still affected by the emotional distress caused by the ending of a romantic or sexual relationship. "I was on the rebound when ...
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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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