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Questions tagged [noun-phrases]

Phrases which, as a unit, act as a noun; and whose heads are nouns or pronouns. Modifiers can come before or after the noun phrase, and can include (among many other possibilities) articles or determiners such as "the" and "a".

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Get in Someone like that’s car. Or Get in someone's like that car

Which is correct "Get in someone like that’s car." Or, "Get in someone's like that car."?.
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linking verbs followed by noun or noun phrase?

At my school I have learned - linking verbs are followed by adjectives but the following sentences confuse me. He is a good teacher. He became headmaster. She is a nurse. In the above ...
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3-year period/3 year limitation period

I understand that in "3-year period", "3-year" is hyphenated. But what about "3 year limitation period"? I once read that if the noun has more than one adjective, no hyphen is correct. Is this true?
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Order of determiner in noun phrase

Which of the two following sentences is more appropriate? Children ate the three remaining cookies. Children ate the remaining three cookies. In the sentences, the is article-determiner; three is ...
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“People over age 35” or “people over the age 35” or “people over the age of 35”

The greatest beneficiaries have been rich people and people over age 35. This is a sentence I am writing. I feel uncertain about the noun phrase at the end. I know these two versions should be correct:...
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provided chart vs chart provided

Which one is correct? The provided charts illustrate the information about employment. or The charts provided illustrate the information about employment.
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What's wrong with the noun phrase 'their previously washed clothes'?

I have a question about the noun phrase their previously washed clothes (meaning 'the clothes that they had washed before'). I know we can't say this, but is there anyone who can explain to me why we ...
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Complex noun phrases

Chains, of volcanic islands called archipelagos, provide evidence that the hotspot stays in place as the tectonic plate passes over it. A) NO CHANGE B) Chains of volcanic islands, called ...
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Use of infinitives in noun phrases

I know that we can use to-infinitives in a noun phrase outside a dependent clause, but can we use another type of infinitives, such as a bare infinitive? I can't think of any example for bare ...
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Choking voice or Choked voice

If you feel Judith speak while weeping, we say: I sensed Judith speak in a choked voice I sensed Judith speak in a choking voice I sensed Judith's choking voice I sensed Judith's choked voice
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the placement of adverbials

Is the position of the adverbial YESTERDAY in the sentence below correct or not? She told me yesterday that she had been to Russia three times before. If there are better placements, share it ...
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Is “The way we are learning English is not good” a clause?

Can I call the following a clause? The way we are learning English is not good. Here, what kind of clause is "The way we are learning English" I think it's a noun clause because it sits before ...
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repeated/redefined nouns

How do you parse the second occurrence of beds in the quote below? The garden, surrounded by tall fuschia hedges, had the flower beds worked in complicated geometrical patterns, marked with ...
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Find the mistake and correct it

There is only one mistake in this sentence, and it is "African" -> "Africa", but I can't understand why "antelope similar.." is right? Could you explain to me ? "A small antelope similar to the ...
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One of a group of things: “One of my cousin called me” or “One of my cousins called me”

Why is it incorrect to say, "One of my cousin called me." instead of "One of my cousins called me."
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a better company than…vs a company better than

You can build a better company than he ever did. You can build a company better than he ever did. I know # 1 works, but does #2 work as well? If #2 works, does it mean the same thing as #1? ...
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How to parse “people everywhere”?

What's the correct way to parse the following sentence? People everywhere are celebrating the landing of the Apollo 11 mission. On the one hand, everywhere typically acts as an adverb and is ...
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the icing on the cake: Is 'on the cake' an adjunct or complement?

It's the icing on the cake. Here, is on the cake an adjunct or a complement of the noun icing?
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Are poem recital and poetry recitation correct and interchangeable?

I searched on the Internet about poem recitation, and what came up was poetry recitation or poem recital. Which is more grammatically correct?
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Can after “the more…the more…” be a noun, not a noun phrase?

Google Translate gives me this sentence: He himself felt helpless in communicating, as the more he said the wrong way. It's not "the more wrong it is", it's just plainly "the wrong way". But since ...
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how to use two plural words in one sentences correctly

I just confused about how can I use two plural words in one sentence. For example, 1- The multivariate dependencies structures between two variables are complex. 2- The multivariate dependency ...
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Possessive + non-ing noun phrase (Your joining the forum)

From a grammar book, I got this example of gerund transformation: Adam joined the forum. Transformed into a gerund phrase: Adam's joining the forum What if there is a noun before joining like ...
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What is the meaning of “everything else I do”?

Julie: So I'll cook my way through the Julia Child cookbook and write a blog about it. But I'll probably need a deadline. Eric: Why? Julie: Because otherwise it'll be like everything else ...
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Is “chicken” a modifier in “chicken soup”?

Wikipedia says "chicken" is an adjunct which modifies the head noun "soup." But I think this analysis is a little bit weird. How could it be modifying "soup"? "Chicken" doesn't seem to be describing ...
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The categories of indefinite pronouns

I know everything. They know all of their pen pals./ They know all the fathers of the family here. I think "everything" is an indefinite pronoun, and "all" is also an indefinite pronoun, so what ...
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Are both of these phrases grammatically correct?

Are both of these phrases grammatically correct? Preparation of medicinal plant extract. or Preparation medicinal plant extract. Can both be used as headings?
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“as much” vs “much”

While reading a book - "The Glass Palace" - I came across a sentence - He could think of nothing else to say, or as much worth saying. I understood the meaning of this sentence. And I believe ...
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Conjunction AND

Can someone tell me whether the conjunction and can be used to conjoin the words and phrases in these sentences? At first glance, I think it cannot but I do not know how to explain why. Thank you. ...
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Can I use 'having' in a noun clause?

Let's say there is a person in a room who has a blue pen in his hand. Can I say something like this: Whom should I ask from? The one having a blue pen Or I only have to answer like this The one who ...
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“A my friend”, “A friend mine”

Why do I need to place the preposition "of" before the possessive pronoun "mine" in this sentence? A friend of mine. What would happen if I didn't place it like in the sentence "a friend mine". Is ...
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“Chemical Lesson” or “Chemistry Lesson”?

When to use "Adj+Noun" & when to Use "Compound Noun" Why saying "beautiful girl" but not "beauty girl" And, "Chemical Lesson" or "Chemistry Lesson"?
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Noun phrases without participles as absolutes: behind those high twigs, their leaves leathery green on top

My earliest childhood memory is of the swaying limbs of Golden Delicious apple trees. Rows of them stood next to a dirt road that separated our orchard from the front yard. The Kentucky ...
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Electric Generator vs Electricity generator

I have just bought an Electric Generator / Electricity generator. It works very well. Sometimes, I'm confused when using a noun with adjective or two nouns together. Please help me to distinguish ...
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Is this sentence totally correct?

The huge 747 plunged through dense cloud cover on approach to Hamburg airport. As far as we were taught, it should be: The huge 747 plunged though dense cloud covering on the approach to ...
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Which of these nouns should the verb agree with?

While I understand the basic grammar rules of the verb used in restrictive clauses, I came across many sentences like the example below, supposedly written by a native speaker (?). Disease A is due ...
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What is the meaning of skunk handler's clothing?

A terrible odor that was impossible to expunge permeated the skunk handler's clothing Can you help me to understand this sentence? In specific, can you explain how I should interpret "skunk handler's"...
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What is “preference data”? [closed]

Source: Using SQLite by Jay A. Kreibich (2010) Example: Perhaps most importantly, computer users have grown to expect that a document, project, or other “unit of application data” is stored as a ...
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Is it correct to add an adjective after a preposition?

Here is a sentence from an English magazine: With the weather still on this side of chilly, it might be better to stay in and nest ― especially when nursing a cold. Why not write on this side of ...
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Should I use “is” or “are” after “conclusion”?

Conclusion is as follows: Conclusion are as follows: Should it be is or are? Does this use of conclusion have an irregular plural like aircraft or series? Are there any other problems with the ...
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Bulbul bird beak or Bulbul bird's beak? [closed]

What is the correct option of these two following options? I'm talking about the beak of the Bulbul birds. Bulbul bird beak Bulbul bird's beak
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“A rumor circulated among the staff that he was being promoted to Vice President .” Is the part 'that…President' an adjective clause?

If I re-frame the sentence as : "A rumor that he was being promoted to Vice President circulated among the staff", it seems that the part 'A rumor that he was ...President' is a phrase. The answer ...
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Nucleus is cell organelle or Nucleus is organelle cell?

What is the correct sentence? Nucleus is cell organelle or Nucleus is organelle cell? The context is: Nucleus is cell organelle the place where DNA is found (into the chromosomes)
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Can I say 'a shoe pair' instead of a pair of shoes?

Is it grammatically incorrect to say 'a shoe pair', or 'a shoes pair', instead of 'a pair of shoes?' If it's OK, can I say 'two shoe pairs' or 'two shoes pairs' instead of 'two pairs of shoes'?
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Definite article in front of plural or uncountable nouns

Please help! I'm totally confused whether to use or omit the definite article in front of plural or uncountable nouns. I'm writing a scientific article. Here is an excerpt (N.B. ROS = reactive oxygen ...
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Definite article with adjectives

The definite article the is implied to point to something specific rather than indeterminate. It is clear that the nouns that have explanations after them should be preceded by the, like in ...
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Usages Of “Turn To”

I have a question about the usage of the phrase "turn to" here: The complaints illustrate decades of government failure in Egypt, as seen from the overlooked corners of the country’s heaving ...
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Independent Clauses? Noun phrases placed former to placing subject?

“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should ...
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something/some things to be desired

I know the phrase "leaves a lot to be desired" is used frequently in today's English. But how should we rephrase it when we want to be a little more conservative?: it leaves something to be ...
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“I and John” vs. “John and myself” vs. “John and I” — Which is the acceptable way to refer to myself and my friend?

I need to find out which one of these ways to refer to me and a friend in one sentence is correct? I and John... John and myself... John and I...
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Verb and subject in a sentence

I have this sentence.. My gift for walking and talking simultaneously did not fail to attract attention. What should be the verb and subject in this line? As per me the verb should be walking and ...