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Is the sentence “I'm an American by birth.” correct?

Is the sentence "I'm an American by birth." correct? My teacher told me we cannot say "an American".
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“Four-star verbal commits”

Early in the morning, the Ducks signed four-star verbal commits Jalen Hall and Isaah Crocker. (source) I find this sentence very strange and difficult to parse. Is "commit" being used as a noun, with ...
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Constructing nouns from verbs that have taken effect

My native language is agglutinative, we can create a noun from the native word for "to blow one's nose." Let's say a used napkin or hankie. Can I define the equivalent native word in English as that ...
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Can “popular” also be a noun?

From the movie Geek Charming: OK, guys, seriously, it's a whole other alien world. A mystery species. We'll never fully understand the populars and the way their strange vortex works. This line ...
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should I use “for free download” or “for free downloading”?

I was going to write that something is ready for free download. But maybe for free downloading is the right grammar?
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Using an adjective as a noun

When a word (for example 'transgender') is classified by a dictionary (for example Merriam-Webster) just as adjective and not as noun, how bad is it to use it as a noun? Does this sentence fragment ...
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the superior's desire

I realized that I could use an adjective with a definite article to nominalize that adjective. Like this; The rich should help the poor. And I wrote these sentences; The superior's desire to ...
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Generic plural. I need to know if there is a rule about it

We say "the poor" but then we say "the Italians". If both are correct, I wonder why is not possible to say "the poors". Can you tell me the rule please?
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Are nominalized verbs to nouns (Un)countable?

This case always gets my head dizzy everytime I want to write sentence in english, and each of articles I read on the internet didn't discuss this part. movement reaction refusal And especially ...
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What kind of sentence structure it is? I mean Gandhian it

It is not surprising that terrorists struck Bacha Khan University on the death anniversary of the Gandhian it is named after...... Gandhian is - related to mahatma ghandi
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“vanquished” as a noun

Excerpted from chronicle.com: Plato gave arguments for why Greeks, under the pressures of war, couldn’t treat other Greeks in abominable ways, pillaging and razing their cities and taking the ...
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Indefinite article before “given” in “We should consider it a given that no one thought Pavlik Morozov a hero in his lifetime”

We should consider it a given that no one thought Pavlik Morozov a hero in his lifetime. (Source) What kind of the part of speech is "given" in the sentence? I suppose it is the adjective and the ...
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“went for a saunter” vs. “sauntered” - Two ways to say the same thing?

Do They went for a saunter in the park. and They sauntered in the park. have the same meaning?
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“in places recommendation” vs. “in the recommendation of places”

When I need to say "to use something to recommend a place", what is the correct phrasing? in the recommendation of places or in places recommendation Here is the full context (it's the ...
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A single “of” for a noun and two gerunds?

For example: "Some websites allow categorization, editing, and listening of playlists online." (Wikipedia) As I know, a gerund can't be followed by the preposition "of". Is this sentence wrong, or ...
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“relax” or “relaxing”? — I hope you are having some rest and relaxing at the end of the year

I am sending someone a message, and I started with this: Good day. I hope you are having some rest and relaxing at the end of the year. is it correct to use the -ing in the relaxing word?
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Can we use the phrase “pick up” as a noun

Is it right to say, "I wish to know how good your pick up on French is, since you are working in France." Can we use the phrase "pick up" as a noun?