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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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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 ...
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How do you refer to plural nouns?

I'm wondering how I can refer to a plural noun in the following sentence. I lost my glasses. I need to get one. (Talking about a single pair of glasses) Since "glasses" is plural, I assume one ...
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How do we say the name of a people plurally?

I am writing an essay and I came across an event to describe in which I have to name the whole population of Spain doing something. Do I say"the Spanishes" or "the Spanish"?
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Can I turn the word vocabulary into a countable noun?

Can I turn the word vocabulary into a countable noun? For example: She is an exquisite student who possesses a considerable passive vocabulary that enables her to understand the most of the ...
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The meaning of “ the + N ”

I have a question about basic English usage. It would be very grateful if you could think about the question one time. Nouns have two different forms, singular form and plural form as all English ...
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Is “coach” a proper noun in this case?

I'm not going to play next year if coach makes me ride the pine again this season. (source) The sentence syntactically suggests "coach" has to be a proper noun, although it is not capitalized. It ...
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“Four-star verbal commits”

Early in the morning, the Ducks signed four-star verbal commits Jalen Hall and Isaah Crocker. (source) I find this sentence very strange and difficult to parse. Is "commit" being used as a noun, with ...
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Does “total of all the” make sense?

The sum of all the numbers from 1 to 10 is 55. Can the "sum" in the sentence above be replaced with "total" as follows? The total of all the numbers from 1 to 10 is 55. I found the phrase "total ...
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Much or Many for Money?

I was taught that "much" was used for the uncountable nouns and "many" was used for the countable ones. So, why do people often use phrases such as "too much money" or "so much money"? Are these ...
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Can one reminiscence comprise many items?

Can a reminiscence hold many items? Example sentence: A reminiscence I'll never forget are the days I started noticing her.
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What would “waiting” and “for” be in in terms of parts of speech in this sentence?

The sentence is, > So you have come? I have been anxiously waiting for you "Waiting" in this sentence will be a noun or a verb? I believe it is a verb because it the person is doing something here ...
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Combine singular and plural form of 'party'

Recently I came across following sentence on a form at a client's intranet: Enter the domain name(s) of the external party(s) you want to share with. Except for the fact that the sentence doesn't ...
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Using an article before a noun adjunct

I have an issue with putting articles in phrases like: "the equipment diagnostics and repair", "the equipment damage or breakage", "the Asset user’s explanation", "the asset damage or breakage causing"...
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Prepositions that go with “accuracy”

We need to improve the accuracy with which such errors are detected. I usually use "accuracy" with a relative pronoun as shown above. After looking up dictionaries, I found that the sentence above ...
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Subconscious divide? [closed]

I can't get a good definition of this word: There are some countries that have a subconscious divide in terms of social status. I think this pertains to social discrimination but they don't say it ...
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“oil reserves” VS “oil reserve”

The Persian Gulf has 65 percent of the world's oil reserves. Is it because there are many reserves on earth that the plural form of reserve is used?
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Should not we use “operation” instead of “operating” in this definition?

I read a definition of vivisection which was: Operating on live animals If operating is gerund we can't use preposition after it. Is it an exception?
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“On Thursday” or “Thursdays”?

When I refer to a habitual activity that takes place regularly once a week, do I need to use a plural form of the name of the day of the week or a singular one? I do one sport on Thursday at this ...
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Why isn't a possessive pronoun used in some phrases before the word 'mind'?

Is there a reason why we don't normally put a possessive pronoun before the word 'mind' in some phrases? For example, it is not used in the phrases come to mind keep in mind but it is used in some ...
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Rule for nouns: level, weight, index

Is there a rule for the two words (which I suppose are nouns) that the second in below example is always at the end? filling weight (for example of feathers) stress level body index building point ...
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a man and a woman

a. I talked to a man and woman. b. I talked to a lean man and woman. Does (a) mean they were together? Does (b) mean they were together? Does (b) mean they were both lean? =======================...
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When should noun modifiers be plural and when singular?

As far as I know noun modifiers should be singular. For example: 40 person team - the person is singular even though it's multiple persons However, there are some cases in which a noun modifier will ...
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The countability of “memoir” and “stocktaking” in this sentence

I find two nouns in this sentence from a Time article very strange. The Atlantic columns are enriched with personal memoir, and a stocktaking, as Coates takes the reader through his own life and ...
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How to determine, purely grammatically, if a noun is the noun adjunct of another?

So I have two cases, The path students saw ... The college students saw ... Is there any grammatical way to separate these two cases? I know it is rather easy to determine this based on the meaning ...
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(“In … terms” structure) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else?

(In _____ terms, ...) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else? If we can use both of them, what is the difference, if any? He's really tight-fisted, I ...
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How to use a noun “failure” instead of a verb “fail”

When the printer fails to print documents correctly, it will return error message 1. I am trying to rewrite the sentence above I created, by using "failure" instead of "fail". My draft is as ...
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“Wait” or “waiting”?

As nouns, are there any specifics situations for the use of each one? Or do they have the same meaning in all cases? The wait is over. The waiting is over.
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What's the correct unit for homework?

Consider the case when a teacher has thirty students in the class. The noun "homework" is uncountable so he cannot say "I have thirty homeworks to grade every week." My question is that if there is ...