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Compound nouns (noun+noun), what to call an application that combines (or merges) subtitles

I can't decide what is the correct title for the application I'm working on that can combine two files with subtitles into one new file. Murphy book says the following: When we use noun + noun, ...
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How to hyphenate an adjective+noun+gerund adjective compound?

We're used to adjective compounds, such as: a decision-making process or a cancer-causing lotion. But what if I want to add an adjective to the noun? For example: a corporate decision-...
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Compound words with “dog” in front [closed]

I need to make two compound words with the word "dog" to be the first part of the compound word. Those words should mean; 1. person given all the hard, boring job; 2. exhausted, worn out. I would ...
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On the expression “sun-down”

She took a factory job working from sun-down to sun-up. (Source: Drifting ) I think sun-down expression seems to have been made from "the sun is down", but what I want to know is what is the rule ...
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Any vs some; if S + any vs if S + some

Well, these two words drive me crazy every time I try to chew the cud in order to draw a clear line between them. ANY and SOME. Please consider the following: If you have any/some money, please let ...
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Which is correct: I've (just) cancelled the trained/train armies?

Which of these phrases is correct: I've just cancelled the trained armies? Or I've cancelled the train armies? I've just played Clash of Clans and one of my friends says he has cancelled the ...
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There will not be after school class tomorrow, will be?

There will not be after school class tomorrow, will be ? Is this question grammatically correct ?
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Which expressions, verbs, vocabulary… Should I use in the writing for the B2?

I'm going to take an exam of the B2, and I wanted to know, what is the vocabulary, the expressions... Etc... That they want? Because all I can find in every website is "complex expressions... ...
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why “American-born”, not “America-born”?

I tried but failed to wrap my head around the grammar for the term "American-born" (and all other similar expressions - "Canadian-born", "French-born", ...etc). Is it a set phrase or is there some ...
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Is it “mid-air”, “midair” or “mid air”

The bird feels the breeze all around it when it's in mid-air. Is it "mid-air", "mid air" or "midair"? I have seen all three of them in various context, so I am not sure if all of them are valid.
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Compound nouns and phrases: Is there a difference between using “woman” or “female”?

I saw a flyer yesterday which had a bold part as Society of Women Engineers I thought to myself why it's not Female Engineers and the follow up question about the difference between Female and Woman ...
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What does the compound mean?

Given the general inauthenticity of the names in the Atcs, ir is not surprising that scholars should suggest that the one authentic one gets it right not because of actual historical knowledge ...
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The state of being read-only: readonlyness / readonliness

This word, spelled readonlyness, is used in the code of a project I'm working on. Readonliness seems to be a more logical spelling, as in ready - readily, beauty - beautiful, lonely - loneliness, etc. ...
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Is this a simple or a compound sentence?

I was reading an article about types of sentences. It seemed very easy to understand simple and compounds at first, but there is something wrong with the examples! Please read the following sentence: ...
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Velocity- and displacement-proportional forces

I have troubles building compound adjectives and enumerating them. In my field (mechanics) we deal with forces which are proportional to displacement or velocity. We tend to call them "displacement ...
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Over think or overthink?

I saw both over think and overthink are used. Are they correct? Is overthink preferable or I can use no matter which one?
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Simple sentence or compound

I got up and opened the door. Whether the given sentence is "Compound" or "simple". I am really confused to distinguish between them. Kindly, give me some hints to explain the difference between ...
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Why do we say “a one-legged man”, with a final -ed, but also say “a one-person job” without?

Why do we say "a one-legged man", with a final "-ed", but also say "a one-person job" without the "-ed"? We also say: A two-minute walk. A six-hour flight. But then we say: A green-eyed ...
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colors with compound adjectives

could you please help me with this>> I've read that if two colors hyphenated for singular type that means it is combination colors,if not then it has part colors like: A1- A blue-green shirt **is ...
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that of + (noun) structure

The FRA has a compressive strenght over three times that of the vertebral body Can someone explain the "that of the..." part? I couldn't understand what kind of structure it is.
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Is it grammatical to use “lucid dream” as a verb?

This page has “How to Lucid Dream” in a title. “Lucid” is an adjective, shouldn't we use an adverb as in “to dream lucidly”, or a hyphen as in “to lucid-dream”? Or is it acceptable because ...
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Left handside, left hand side, left hand-side?

How do you write 'left hand side' and 'right hand side'? Example: If necessary, select the review language from the language selection box in the left hand side menu bar (by default, the review ...
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attributive noun VS compound nouns

Hi everyone how are you? I have an issue with"how can I distinguish between attributive nouns and compound nouns especially with separated words of compound?? What are the similarities and ...
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Punctuation in a compound sentence describing two parallel processes

Do I need a comma at the end of a clause that presents some action that is happening simultaneously with the action that will be described in the main clause? For example: When kids' passive ...
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Can one create one's own compound adjectives?

What kind of adjectives could one create? I mean, there are a lot of adjectives that are compound, but if you looked them up in a dictionary, you wouldn’t see them. You understand their meaning as ...
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French-teaching function?

If a toy can help you learn French, does it have a French-teaching function, a French-learning function, a French-teaching facility, or a French-learning facility? I'd appreciate your help.
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“Shroom-fuelled” meaning?

... But she has a distinctive postmodern angularity and quirk; Suwichakornpong keeps you off balance with shroom-fuelled fantasy and Lynchian departures. What is the meaning of this compound ...
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Is it “dyed blonde hair” or “dyed-blonde hair”?

What's the correct option? I find both instances on Google Books, so I'm a little confused. Example sentence: Mary had black cat-eye shades and dyed blonde/dyed-blonde hair.
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How to write 'coffee shop' correctly

I read this question on math.stackexchange.com. I am not sure if it is correct to write coffee shop' using a hyphen in between. Please advise. Ex:- coffee-shop Ps:- Can we consider it as a ...
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“facility wide”, “facility-wide”, or “facilitywide”

From what I've been able to find, "facilitywide" is the proper term. However after a quick search I've been unable to find this term actually used. "Facility wide" and "facility-wide" are used about ...
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large machine like clocks vs large machine–like clocks vs large machinelike clocks

I want to know whether these nouns have the same meaning. 1.large machine like clocks 2.large machine–like clocks 3.large machinelike clocks
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brown and white sugar is made of sugar cane or are made of sugar cane?

Which sentence is correct: White and brown sugar is made of sugar cane? or White and brown sugar are made of sugar cane?
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Which two clauses should be compounded in this sentence?

He asked a lot of questions which were none of his business and generally managed to annoy everybody. Which one is right, and why ? I'm an English learner and it's refer from a book. It's just ...
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Are words like “well-known” spelled with a hyphen in dictionaries?

There are compound words in English like well-known, ill-mannered and so on. The rules tell us that they are spelled with a hyphen (well-known) if they are attributes (attributive adjectives), but ...
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Two Grammatical questions over sentences extracted from The Economist

The capture of the drone took place on the outer perimeter of China’s expansive claim to the sea, about 50 miles (80km) from the Philippine port of Subic Bay, which was once home to a large American ...
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Term `neither` in a compound negation

Here is an example: My father did not visit the exhibition and neither did I. Is it OK to say the same in the following way: My father did not visit the exhibition and so did I. Is ...
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What is the correct term “back-end”, “back end” or “backend”?

I have a question. What's the correct term? Back-end, Back end or Backend I'm a software back-end developer I'm a software back end developer I'm a software backend developer
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a ten-year period of documenting…?

This book is the first volume and part of a ten-year period of.. This book is the first volume and part of a ten years period of.. This book is the first volume and part of the ten year period of.. ...
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Do I need a comma for these sentences?

"My mom loves dogs but not cats." "My mom loves dogs and cats." Why or why not should I use a comma in these sentences?
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“Rollbacked” or “rolled back” the edit? And what about “double-click”?

The noun (and verb) rollback on Stack Exchange means to undo or reverse an edit. I'm not sure if there is a difference between the two, but that's how I understand it. Recently, I posted the past ...
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Compound Nouns as Adjectives

Can we use compound nouns as adjectives? What can we say about the compound nouns below, aren't they defining the subjects? examples: 1. Jack the Ripper suspect 2. Snowman drawing book 3. Fruit-fly ...
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'Specifies the beach sand' why possessive not used

I was just reading a book and came across the following line: on the beach specifies beach sand, and now I'm wondering why the noun isn't used in its possessive form: beach's? how would 'beach's' ...
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compound adjective or phrase?

I know some phrases can make up compound adjectives. But how can I tell if it is an adjective or not? Examples: I threw away the worn-out socks. (compound adjective) I put the socks worn ...
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Is it right to use “size-one” as an adjective?

When talking about an options menu (composed of menu items) of only one option, can I say "one size menu" or "one-sized menu"? Otherwise, how can I precede the noun menu with an adjective that ...
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“Blätterkreis”, “Dornenkreis”, “Herzkreis”, in Englisch

I need to translate the three terms - in the heading - into Englisch. Blätterkreis: with Blätter I mean the leafs that fall down from trees. Is Leafcircle the correct translation? Dornenkreis: Is ...
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Can you explain the composition of this sentence?

Source We eat a few more raspberry scones and switch over to discussing the great poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz and when I say that back home, we often refer to him as Shams Tabrizi, she retorts, ‘...
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Batman: a compound noun or a proper noun?

Is Batman a compound noun since it is made up of two nouns? Or being a name it remains only a proper noun?
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What is the rule of boiling hot and freezing cold in a sentence?

Boiling hot, freezing cold, soaking wet and etc are adjective+adjective. So they are compound adjectives. Am I right? Wiktionary says they are idiomatic but I cannot get what is idiomatic? There is ...
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Can you tell me about the use of the hyphen and apostrophe in these sentences?

Virat-ton brings the team to the semifinals. Potato prices have risen up sharply. The first sentences could say Virat's ton and similarly Potato's prices. Another example: Potato-peels taste ...
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She IS a two-time Academy Award nominee vs He WAS the champion of 2015 competition

I was strolling on the Wikipedia page and saw phrases like She is a two-time Academy Award nominee. Source and He was the champion of 2015 competition. I would like to know which one is ...