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Questions tagged [nouns]

A noun is a word (other than a pronoun) used to identify people, places, or things, or to name a particular one of those.

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identifying relative clause and noun clause

This, it has been argued, is probably true for purely informative advertising, where only the product or store information required to make a rational decision is provided. I think between ...
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A problem regarding numbers

Meaning of the word ground is reason. But in the following sentence Despite governments bringing in legislation towards this end, they have been struck down on the grounds that the additional ...
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Generic nouns plural/singular: Difficulties for ESL speakers

I work in Montreal, Canada with a great group of first-language French speakers, who are nevertheless very articulate in English. However what thing that comes up, again and again, is the pluralizing ...
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Is “school” a preposition in “The School day never goes too slowly”?

Is School a preposition in this sentence?: The School day never goes too slowly. If it is not what part of speech is it?
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I'm having trouble determining whether it is grammatical or not

The student of chemistry was better prepared than the one of physics. Could I get your help in determining whether it is grammatical or not?
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How can you use the word “stupid” as a noun?

How can you use the word "stupid" with the article as a noun? Stupid Wikipedia has the meaning (noun informal).
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Is there a rule to know whether a verb needs an er to indicate an agent noun or doesn’t need it?

I know that most of verbs can be transformed into noun or thing, which does the action. But why are there many words that stay as they are and the suffix “er” cannot be attached to them. For ...
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By the homeless OR homelessess

I heard it was possible to make a noun from an adjective like: They are poor and live there. All the poors live there. We mean "poor people" by the adjective "poor" + "s", like the plural form of ...
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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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“Your age” in the phrase of “a boy your age” modifies “a boy”?

But I'm amazed at how a boy "your age" understood what my job was. I'd think that's a modifier because in the how clause, the subject of understood seems to be "a boy", not "your age". Yet, I'm not ...
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Three nails vs three pieces of nail [duplicate]

which one is correct? 1.I have bought three nails. 2.I have bought three pieces of nail. is nail a material or common noun? arm a proper noun or common noun?
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Is it “Enterprise Team” or “Enterprise team” and “IT Support” or “IT support”?

I'm a bit confused regarding capitalizing certain words as I have found both their capitalized and uncapitalized forms on the Internet; for example, consider the following sentences: "Collaborate ...
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Article in front of abstract noun

May I use definite article in front of abstract noun? 1.Creativity is a must in the present world. 2.The creativity of our boss has taken attention. when and why I will use definite article?...
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Article in front of proper noun

which sentence is correct? and why? The Shakespeare is rarely born. A Shakespeare is rarely born. would you please clear the meaning and grammar rule?
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Is “condition” followed by “where” “that”, or “in that”?

The system sounds an alarm when a condition is met where/that/in that the temperature exceeds a preset value. I would like to know which of "where" "that", and "in that" is correct for the above ...
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Usage of “worth” as both adjective and noun in question sentence

I am not sure whether i use “worth” correctly in two qurstiom below. Please correct me if those are wrong . How much money worth of car did you buy ? ( used as noun) How much money worth car ...
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What is called each number of “ratio”?

I created the sentence below: I made this juice by mixing orange and apple in a ratio of 1:3. I want to know what is called the number "1" and "3" that form the ratio. As far as I searched on the ...
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What's the usage of “my” in “So what does sadness look like on an iPhone, in terms of my using it?”

I been listening to the freakonomics podcast and there's one episode where the guest said she could tell people's emotions when they are using their smart phone and the host asked her "So what does ...
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Difference between votes, the vote, vote

According to Oxford's advanced learner's dictionary the vote means total number of votes cast. And vote means a choice But I found a sentence The main opposition boycotted last year’s presidential ...
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Difference between “that“ and ”the fact that"

Is there any diffrence between sentences below? 1) It turned out that he lied all along. 2) The fact that he lied all along turned out. Also: 3) It doesn’t interest me that he came late. ...
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When should I use “the” or “a” before a noun?

Should I use a or the before every noun that I use? For example, what's the difference between Late in the winter of my seventeenth year. and Late in winter of my seventeenth year. The ...
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“The,” “a” or no article: “See you in _____ court.”

Why is an article not used before the noun in sentences such as the one below? See you in (the, a) court.
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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Detecting error in a sentence

There was a sentence and I had to detect the error in it. The sentence read: Entrance exams for the posts of associate professors will begin from Tuesday. The answer was: instead of posts, post ...
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How can I count multiple heating?

I found the following sentence: There is too much heating. According to my dictionary, heating is an uncountable noun, so you cannot say heatings. However, it is possible that you have more than ...
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How to determine subject of verb in a complicated sentence?

For the following sentence: The rise in recent criminal attack incidents in the world indicate the impotency of law. There are many nouns in the sentence before the verb indicate such as: rise ...
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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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What is the grammar name

Hey i am not an English speaker and i have and easy question the nouns fish and shop etc when you make it verb its fishing shopping the question is there a grammar or schedule that shows how to turn ...
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Adjective + noun + noun + noun

In the phrase "appropriate substance use information", what noun does appropriate modify? I'm guessing it is information, is that correct? Is this a general rule? How would you go about modifying ...
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Is there a term describing someone who kids himself?

I would like to find a term, if it exists, to describe an individual who kids himself. Specifically, the term is to describe someone who does something that is obviously self-deceiving in some sense.
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Is “Mango is my favourite fruit” grammatically correct? Should it instead be “mangoes” or “the mango”?

Mango is my favourite fruit. Is this grammatically correct. I saw somewhere that mangoes or the mango should come. But couldn't understand the reason.
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How to use Human beings, Mankind, people, Humans, Humankind & Human being

I had some doubt about the usage of Human beings, Mankind, people, Humans, Humankind & Human being. I noticed that there are some questions about those words in 'ELL' community, but none of them ...
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The difference between “complain” and “complaint” [closed]

What is the difference between "complain" and "complaint" (and also "to complain" and "to complaint")?
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… needs restricted firearm

The Chief Firearms Officer is interpreting “needs” in the Firearms Regulation two different ways for their own uses. The same word “needs” is used in the identical passage, except for what the bearer’...
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How do I refer to literature in a plural sense?

I know this is similar to another question, but I cannot work from its answer to whether my own sentence is valid. Is the following sentence correct? As this tool is used in many well-cited ...
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When is “labor” countable and what does “labors” mean exactly?

I saw a line in the English subtitles of a non-English show: Stop playing. Go all out to fight me, or you will end up using up all of your labors. I first went and made sure the subtitles were ...
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The difference between the gerund and the participls

"They prefer buying organic food " in this phrase " buying " us a verb or a noun ...?
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What do you call someone who has a lot of power and keeps a big secret?

I need help for a name of an essay for a school project. What do you call someone who has a lot of power in maintaining order in a country and keeps a big secret that affects everyone but doesn't ...
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Why is it not “paddleboarding positions”?

According to Merriam Webster, paddleboard refers to the board itself. The activity, as Wikipedia suggests, is paddlebarding. Why do these sentences use paddleboard safety, paddleboard positions, ...
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Is the word “dairy” in “dairy farmer” being used as a noun or adjective?

Is the word "dairy" in "dairy farmer" being used as a noun or adjective?
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Which one is right? “person guilty” vs “guilty person”?

In the book of "1100 Words You Need to Know", about "felon" word, the following definition was presented: "person guilty of a major crime" I am wondering the following one should be right: "...
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Can a nominal phrase (the size of bullets) modify another noun word (Raindrops) as in “Raindrops the size of bullets”?

Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose, the flowerbeds turned into muddy streams and Hagrid's pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds. My ...
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Using a noun as a verb

I hope this is the right stack exchange to post this question in, I avoided the English one because my question concerns English grammar, and English is not my mother tongue. I'm reading fiction ...
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Usage of the ANSWER and GIVE ANSWER

Can you please explain me the distinction between the words "answer" and "give answer" and feed back over the examples below? Answer the question. Give the answer.
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Word that means follower of religion

Is there a general word that means follower of religion? I'm looking for an analog to the words demonym and ethnonym, but that relates to religion/faith instead of geography and ethnicity. The ...
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(noun to) + (verbal noun) vs (noun to) + (verb) when there's normally a noun after (noun + to)

I'll give you an example: "I want to get an access to _____" Should I fill it with "doing" or "do"? Because normally after the "access to" collocation we use a noun, e.g "access to games", "access ...
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Do possessive pronouns always replace?

Possessive Pronouns replace Possessive adjectives and nouns For eg - That is my(possessive adjective) ball(noun) That is mine(possessive pronoun) or That ball is mine(possessive pronoun) That ball is ...
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Does “fastener” include “screw”?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "fastener" as follows: 1. A device, such as a clip, pin, or clasp, that attaches something firmly to something else. 2. A device, such as a seat belt, ...
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What is the word for your nationality if you are from Singapore?

Which of these is grammatically correct in response to "What is your nationality?"; “Singapore” or “Singaporean”?
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Why is “difference” used following “is”?

Could anyone please explains to me when to use "different" and when to use "difference"? I searched the web about that and I have seen that difference is a noun and different is an adjective and for ...