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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Use of articles when a noun serves as a modifier

I've just came across the following sentence in an IELTS test book: They found items such as ancient arrows and skis from Viking Age traders. I was surprised that there was no 'the' before 'Viking ...
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any more of a detailed description

a. You can't get any more of a detailed description of that event than what has been published in our newspaper. I'd have said 'any more detailed description of that event'. I wonder if (a) works. I ...
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How many different nouns type are there in English and on what basis?

How many different nouns type are there in English and on what basis? tell me the major noun type and subtype. is noun number singular or plural noun type?
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What does "to a skin-crawling effect" mean?

This context comes from the video game "Divinity Original Sin II" "His lascivious eyes flicker over you to skin-crawling effect." "effect" something that is produced by ...
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What part of speech is used in this sentence?

One sentence caught my attention while reading an article. With panic disorder, a person has brief attacks of intense terror and apprehension, often marked by difficulty breathing The point is that ...
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"upgrade" vs. "upgrading"

I'm taking about software. I think "upgrade" can be used as a noun. So we can say "system upgrade", right? And can we say "system upgrading" for the same meaning?
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What does "the folds" mean in this context?

This context comes form the video game "Divinity Original Sin II" The skeleton reaches into the folds of his robes and pulls out a small black mass What does the folds mean? It appeared in ...
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a kind of / kind of

I sometimes see such a phrase: It's kind of difficult. There is not an article before "kind" here. So, I am not sure if I can say like this or not. They are kind of fruit. I usually say ...
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Doubt about nouns used as adjectives

I was reading the following page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microservices On this page they write both microservice architecture and microservices architecture. But also: microservice-based ...
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Using the word "Shy" to mean "Attempt"?

Is anyone familiar with the informal usage of the word 'shy' with the same meaning as 'attempt'? I've seen people use phrases like, '1st shy, 2nd shy' etc. If such usage is correct, I would like to ...
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Its or their for human singular nouns? [duplicate]

I've listened to a song called "Big girls don't cry". A very famous one. And in its lyrics there is the expression: "I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket". After ...
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Why the "soap" here is singular?

I'm learning TOEFL recently, and today I stumbled on this sentence from TPO 47: There was a town that passed a law that banned the sale of a certain kind of soap. There was an ingredient in this soap ...
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How to use the nouns 'cry' and 'crying'

I'm struggling to understand how the words 'cry' and 'crying' work as nouns since they can either mean a shout or an act of weeping. Is the meaning supposed to be understood from the context? My ...
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Is 'a coffee' correct? [duplicate]

My knowledge says coffee is uncountable unless it's used in such a context like 'a cup of coffee' or 'a blend of Argentinian and Brazilian coffees' which are one of the best delicious things in the ...
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Is it 'garment' or 'garments' when referring to trousers/pants?

For example, when referring to a single pair of trousers/pants worn by one person as "the tight-fitting garment(s)", is garment pluralized since the words trousers and pants are, or is it ...
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"Number of infected rose 25,5%" — Is a noun/pronoun required there?

I'm currently writing an article in English about coverage of the pandemic in Portuguese news. Examples have to be translated, and most of the time, doubts come from the simplest things. This one had ...
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Why is there no "s" in "look" in the following phrase: A meta viewport tag makes the page look good on all screen sizes

Since "page" is a third-person singular noun, "look" should be "looks", right?? Is that phrase correct or just misspelled?
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The noun form of plant [closed]

****I challenge this clause: Policy for questions that are entirely answerable with a dictionary. * If this question is entirely answerable with a dictionary, why do the three answers given to this ...
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An ripe apple that has been cut and rice that are going to be cooked - correct?

A relative clause is a clause that modifies a noun or noun phrase. Can a relative clause modify a noun and a noun phrase at the same time? Example 1 An ripe apple that has been cut into pieces and ...
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In "He went to bed," what form is "to bed"?

Is it a prepositional phrase or an infinitive phrase? In this phrase, we have to preceding a word that could be either a verb in base form or a noun in singular form. Some other examples of this ...
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his guests would notice it

a. Jeff's friends went to Sally's place and talked to her father. Does that necessarily mean all of Jeff's friends went to Sally's place and talked to her father? b. I knew that if I gave the flash ...
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Using "of" before two nouns

Example: a quotient of number a and number b. Is it correct or "of" works only for "number a" and not for all "number a and number b"? More accurate, I think, is "a ...
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Which one is correct? A Problem with making nouns out of sentences [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a noun out of this sentence: A remover of temporary files. Which of the following is correct and why, please? A temporary file remover. A temporary files remover.
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Is the expression 'any amount of' used with plural countable nouns?

After looking up the expression 'any amount of' in several online dictionaries, I've noticed that it is used with both countable and uncountable nouns. Here are the examples found in two of them: ...
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Why are baseball team names considered as plural nouns? [duplicate]

I learned company names are considered as singular. Amazon.com, Inc. is an American multinational technology company which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial ...
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'Obsessiveness about' or 'obsessiveness with'

I was wondering whether A or B are grammatically correct: A: obsessiveness about B: obsessiveness with or maybe even a completely different preposition is necessary here? Thanks!
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What do you call these geometric features? (jut, protrusion, ledge,...)

What do you call these geometric features? If I have it figured out correctly: A and B have a protrusion or jut B has a nose or a lug C has a ledge Is that correct? Are there any terms I'm missing? ...
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Articles before the names of sports [closed]

I heard that the names of sports are common nouns . I think that they are abstract and uncountable also . Is that why we don't use any articles before them. Even if we consider it the case ,we should ...
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Is the noun "time" always uncountable?

such long time such a long time I know that (time) is an uncountable noun but I'm a bit confused because I heard many people saying such a long time so which of them is correct?
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This is mashed potatoes or These are mashed potatoes

This question arose in the discussion of a language learning app. Its original sentence is in Russian and it says Это пюре а вот пицца. The translation from the app is This is mashed potatoes and ...
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Cardboard cut out, cutout or cut-out?

I couldn't find an agreement online on which form of "cut out" is the most correct as a noun. It would be interesting to know about any British English and U.S. English distinction as well.
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"After computer breaking down we could not restore the lost data"

After computer breaking down we could not restore the lost data. Tell me please, is "breaking down" a verbal noun or is it like a complex gerund here? Is this sentence correct at all?
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Meaning of "prominent voice"

A prominent voice among clean-energy advocates, Mr. Quinn is frequently asked to speak at industry events as well as on college campuses, both domestically and abroad. What does "voice" ...
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Using a singular to convey a plural

If I want to provide a diagram of the performance measurements of different programming languages, which option is correct? Is it correct to use a singular form when there are multiple languages taken ...
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Is there a rule to make a noun phrase into a verb?

I believe as new invented things more salient, there will be new verbs as well which are used to describe an action involving those things. For instance, though, it isn't a good example because of my ...
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Is the word "foods" countable or uncountable?

Sentence: Whole foods means food that's in its original form, straight from nature, typically whole fruits, veggies, whole grains, et cetera. I want to know why "means" not "mean" ...
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"Otherwise" or "If not", What's the difference?

I'm really confused about this and I need someone to help me. For example : You will get this job if you study hard, [otherwise\if not] you won't. Is there a difference between otherwise and if not?
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What is the plural form of boxing (as in box/package)?

What is the plural form of the word "boxing"? In meaning box/package noun. Is "boxings" the correct form in that case? Because I think it's not, it's a gerund and not exception.
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What is a noun clause?

That was she woke up in the middle of the night. Is the clause [she woke up in the middle of the night] a noun clause? Thank you.
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A confusion regarding classification of noun

I was studying parts of speech and while learning common noun I found a special category that my book refer as plural common noun and there is written The + Adjective gives a plural common noun but ...
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orientation vs position

I would like know the difference between position and orientation related to a rotatable object. On the Internet, I found two terms related to PC monitors: portrait/landscape orientations; and ...
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"A" or "an" with "excess"

There are two different sentences from Cambridge Dictionary. I'm confused as one of them is written with "a" and the other with "an" Why is that ? A excess of water causes the ...
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What is the name of the snake-like sand streams the wind blows on the beach?

Does the phenomenon seen in this video have a specific name? Once, on a tv show, I saw someone call it "sand snakes", but I never found a second source to verify people use that designation ...
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Can we omit articles before places?

I think I have come across sentences such as: Did you go to school today? The child behaved well at preschool today. He studied Physics at university. Is it always fine to omit an article before a ...
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He is man enough versus it's word enough

He is man enough to work there. I think the sentence is correct. What if we substitute man for word? It is word enough for me. It is word enough to merit research. Are the two sentences with WORD ...
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What is the difference between "path" and "passage"?

Water is supplied to the tank through the water supply passage/path. I would like to know "passage" or "path" which is better for the sentence above. It seems to me that "...
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similarity or difference between on and in

Last week my friend asked me if I found the information that he asked me to find. And I said yes. He asked how did I find about it. I said i found the information in my computer, and he said that, I ...
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Relative clause applies to all nouns in the list or the last noun only

When a list of nouns is followed by relative clause or -ed participle, how can we decide whether the relative clause applies only to the last noun in the list or to all the nouns in the list... For ...
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Can I say "total N people" to mean "N people in total"?

I often use the expression "total N people/things/etc." to mean "N sth in total", but English is not my native language, and that expression actually comes from translating 1:1 ...
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Abstract noun classification

Concrete nouns refer to material objects which we can see or touch. Abstract nouns refer to things which are not material objects, such as ideas, feelings and situations. https://dictionary.cambridge....
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