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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"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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'Cloth shop' and 'Clothes shop'

My understanding of noun + noun as an English learner would always believe that the first noun of the construction I've mentioned above (noun + noun) is singular. So, I'd believe that Cloth shop is ...
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A singular noun that is modified by a plural expression

Can you tell me which one is modified and which one that modifies A good knowledge of three languages is needed for the job Someone gave this example when she told me that when I have a singular ...
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What does 'gutter' refer to in the phrase 'throw money in the gutter'?

Below are the images of the definition of gutter on Google, which is a trough on the edge of a roof. However, in the phrase 'throw money in the gutter', I imagine gutter means something related to ...
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Are the verbs [**Did**] and **[do]** plural or singular in the sentence below?

In the first sentence that starts off with a verb and ask a question "Did you do [that]?" I only understand that this question has [that] which stands alone from a noun and it is singular. ...
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Why doesn't the general rule apply to this sentence and a plural noun and plural verb is used instead of singular noun and verb?

In this sentence, Which of those would you like? Here is what I understand that words like ''which" and "none" are singular and can be plural. The word "which" is a relative ...
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Should we use possession or can we consider nouns as adjectives?

I very often come across different words which I need to use as nouns or as adjectives. For some words I can look up in a dictionary whether they can be an adjectives or not. But many of them are not ...
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Can you explain in what way do the distributive pronoun in the following sentences stand alone?

rule: You can use distributive pronouns as a stand alone or by themselves. In what way does the distributive pronoun stand alone in the following sentences? Does this mean they stand alone without a ...
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"The metashape software" or just "metashape software" [closed]

I have to write this sentence about a software called here "Metashape ": "Images were processed with the algorithm implemented in ... Metashape software" Should i write "the ...
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Articles with possessives

"An hour's work" and "a two weeks' holiday". In "an hour's work" does the indefinite article belong to the noun "work"? As far as I know, "work" is an ...
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What is "cast" means? I don't get it [closed]

For example, He said he can cook with casts on his arms. In this sentence, what does "casts" mean?
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The grammatical form of the sentence

“It was not a wolf,” Brienne heard herself say. Is the "say" a verb and the phrase grammaticaly close to Brienne heard that she say. Or the "say" is an noun and the phrase closer ...
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What does "in hearing" mean in this sentence?

In hearing so many people relate the fascinating experiences with which this volume deals, I have come to feel almost as though I have lived through them myself. What does "In hearing" mean?...
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Which is correct between Case A and Case B?

Based on the following sentence, which analysis is correct, Case A or Case B? The few minutes of attention he is giving you is sacrificial. Case A: core noun : attention determiner : the few ...
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Why is "the" used with "headings" but "an" used with "address?"

I came across one article on BBC and don’t really understand the usage of THE article there. There is a description of a postcard: On its front was a cartoon of a rabbit asleep in a crib underneath ...
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Consistent form of these items in a list

In, say, a business context, I am making a list regarding application settings: The levels of settings are: The setting of zones... The management of ... Are these words both nouns here and ...
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Is consumer or consumers the right word in this sentence?

As consumer is a countable noun, is consumer or consumers the right word in this sentence and why? The final delivery service is one work aspect that is needed to be completed partially through ...
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Error Detection in noun [duplicate]

I am confused in this sentence : There are two scores of books (A) / which are lying (B) / unused in the library (C) / no error (D). The answer is part (A) and error is mentioned as scores. I am ...
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I am working as a consultant in a/in/in the corporate sector?

I am working as a consultant in a/in/in the corporate sector? Which one is right? what does the sentence mean with articles and without articles? can the corporate sector be an uncountable noun? And ...
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'Not' before a noun subject in a question

We know that if we don't use contraction, the structure of a negative question is as follows: Auxiliary verb + subject + not + verb ...? e.g., (1) 'Does he not go to school everyday?' (2) 'Does the ...
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What do you call a wide, solid bracelet?

What is this type of bracelet called? Does it have any specific word for it or just a bracelet? In the manga, which picture 1 below is from, it is called shackles. But these sorts of ornaments are ...
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Is it correct to nominalise the adjective "favourite"? [closed]

Following this first question: "What are your favourite novels?", should I ask: "Why are they your favourites?" using "favourite" as a noun, or "Why are they your ...
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What is or is there a verb (and adjective) for the noun 'confluence'?

I would like to know if there is a verb for confluence. I have looked through most of the established dictionaries as well as on the internet. If there is no verb (and possibly no adjective, too), ...
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What do you call the place where you tie a horse?

Can anyone please tell me what is the exact word for this type of arrangement to tie a horse? Or is it just called a stable? [Image source: https://www.reddit.com/r/reddeadredemption/comments/a1hcyo/...
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“I have a (gerund)” other than desires and wishes

Someone I know is trying to understand the phrase “I have a craving”. We know the meaning of “craving” - it’s a strong desire, especially for food or drink. And I can think of another word that can be ...
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there is a problem that / in that

In this new method, there is a problem that a lot of machines are needed. In this new method, there is a problem in that a lot of machines are needed. I would like to know whether which of the two ...
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"Differences between states" is fine, but "differences between provinces and territories" is ambiguous. How to remove ambiguity?

I always seem to fall into the following trap, and I would like to know what's the best way to avoid any ambiguity when comparing between different elements, where said elements belong to different ...
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Should I use verb or noun when talking about time it took to do something?

An example from the computer science. Which one is "more" correct compilation time or compile time? Google translate suggests compile time. However in similar scenario with "generate&...
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a noun clause at the end of a sentence

I came upon a sentence which I can't understand. News soon get around that he had resigned. As you can see, the noun clause (that he had resigned) is placed at the end of the sentence. I guess the ...
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Is it actually appropriate to use "unconditional" with words such as love or nothingness? [closed]

At times, I see terms such as unconditional love and unconditional nothing. I'm not a native English speaker so the combination of these terms such as "unconditional" with "love" ...
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I have a short and a long stick OR sticks?

What is the correct version of the sentence? I have a short and a long stick. I have a short and a long sticks.
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Grammar name/term for plural nouns when speaking in a general sense

I was taught to use plurals when speaking of things in a general sense, but this is not helpful to non-native English speakers. I cannot remember the term for the rule; I think it is the zero article. ...
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