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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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Measuring the amount

We usually say I bought 2 kilos of potatoes. But can I say Potatoes were very cheap so I bought 2 kilos. I bought 2 kilo potatoes. I think the last sentence is wrong. But I am not sure.
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Type of Noun- Knowledge

i have a sentence His knowledge of many languages elevated him among his companions. Which type of noun is knowledge. Collective noun Material noun Abstract noun Concrete noun
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Order of noun adjuncts and adjectives

Is the term core common properties (of some objects) grammatical? The writer wants to address the common properties. From those, he is only interested in the core commonalities (whatever that means ...
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Singular vs plural following “noun[s]+of+noun”

I wish to correct my understanding. I found this example: The claimant must prove that the particulars of claim has been served on the defendant. The particulars of claim are one document ...
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“Tags editing” or “Tags edit”?

Can I say: "Tags edit" as a whole complete phrase, or should it be "Tags editing"? Another thing, is it: "Did some tags editing" or "Did some tags edit"? Thank you I know "edit" is a noun, and "...
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when does the noun “access” need an indefinite article?

Most usage of the noun "access" follows a similar format as the following - "have access to" or "gain access to" Even for the definition of "a way or means of entering or approaching", Merriam-...
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Choosing a shop name

Which one is more grammatically correct as a shop name, Valhalla’s Dojo or Valhalla Dojo? It’s a name for a game centre. My partners and I can’t seem to agree on this.
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How do concern and issue differ?

This system is good, but one issue/concern with this is the cost. I would like to know which of "issue" and "concern" is better for the above sentence I created. That is, I am searching for a word ...
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understand structure and meaning of noun phrase

Need recognition occurs when an individual senses a difference between what he or she perceives to be the ideal versus the actual state of affairs. I bolded the noun phrase "what her or she perceives ...
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“as much as” or “as many as” forty degrees?

"the temperature can vary by as much as forty degrees" this sentence confused me, following as much as, there is plural word (forty degrees) but it was used with "as much as". Because there is a ...
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gerunds as a nouns

I can't understand why in examples beneath parts 'paying attention' and 'accepting payments' go without the + of. 1) I have friends who pride themselves in paying attention to detail. Maybe it is an ...
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Part - Countable and Uncountable nouns

Part can be used both as a countable noun and as an uncountable noun. In both of its meanings it refers to a piece of something or some and not full part of sth. So if I say The fire destroyed part ...
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Is *flood* used as *a flood*?

I wonder if the word flood can be used as a flood. I think the word like water cannot be used as a water because it is a collective noun. In my dictionary, it writes both countable and uncountable. ...
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Identifying noun clauses

[Whom we expect] to be delivering the presentation is absent. The desire to fight is [what we believe] to be planted in his mind. I bracketed the words which I think are the noun clauses of the ...
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The difference between Laughed and Laughing in my sentence

I have two phrases but I can't understand what's the difference between them. I will make you laughing. and I will make you laughed.
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“The” or “a” with “that”

From Tom Odell, Another Love: And I'd sing a song that'd be just ours. Shouldn't the article “the” stand in this case? is it explained here that this song will be only ours? And the word "that" ...
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How to use specialisation in a sentence

My specialisations are in the German and English languages. My specialisations are the German and English languages. Is "specialisation" here appliable to both of the sentences? Also, Should I ...
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Argue or argument [duplicate]

The sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Can we use 'argument' ...
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gerund and noun applications

This sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Why she's saying ...
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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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A problem regarding causative verbs

In an editorial I found a sentence. The government may be more successful if it identifies the incentives it can offer China in the next few months to review its position. To review its position ...
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Can Comma be used for introducing a substitute?

Example: But it was your barbaric friends, the huns, the ones that caused so much damage to the world. Can Comma be used to introduce substitute(s) for the subject?
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Does each verb have a corresponding noun with the same meaning in English [closed]

I believe that in English each main verb has (at least) one corresponding noun with the same meaning that is formed from gerund/derivation. For examples, discovery is from discover; reading is from ...
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After “for" is noun or V-ing?

I have 2 sentences, what is true? Data is too large for exporting Data is too large for export Please help to choose and explain why we choose the answer. Thanks so much!
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Difference between 'stomach' and 'uterus'

If a lady is pregnant, for her can this be said? She had a baby in her stomach. Or is it necessary to use the word womb or uterus?
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How can I know whether verb+ing is a main verb or a gerund or an adjective?

He is coming. Working is earning. In the first sentence, coming is a main verb and earning in second sentence is a gerund, aren't they? If the matter is that how could you explain the misleading in ...
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Between “the” and “firefighter” which one do you native speakers think of firstly when you say “the firefighter”?

"The firefighter saved a kid from the fire." I've just learnt a sort of curious notion. Generally, it is said that 'the firefighter' is a noun phrase "NP". But, somaone said that's a determinative ...
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Can an -ese noun, meaning people, used if it accompanies non- at the head of it?

Apart from the usual -ese ending words denoting a person/people, which is not usually accepted as natural, 'non-***ese,' --- would it be more accepted? Is this because the writer himeslf is a non-...
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Can 'singer' be used as an uncount noun?

Singer Mizuki Nana and her sister took viewers by surprise with their voracious eating of roasted duck. Macmillan learner's dictionary says 'singer' is a count noun. Might I trouble you to tell me ...
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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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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.