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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I appreciate her regularly/regularity in her studies

I appreciate her regularly/regularity in her studies. The given answer is regularity. Regularity is a noun, and regularly is an adverb. Is regularity used since a noun should come after a possessive ...
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they live on the streets of our city

a. I have found out something about bears. They live in the forest near our town. (Some of them live in the forest near out town.) =========================== b. Tom and Harry were talking about old ...
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Why can’t we use just “drive” instead of “to drive” in “Tom offered to drive…”?

Tom offered _____ us to the railway station The given answer is "to drive". After searching in a dictionary, I understood that "drive" is used as a noun, and "to" might ...
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being + Noun phrases vs bare Noun phrases

I had believed that a simple sentence consisting of the verb be, or its variant, could be reduced in the following way. She is a good student. ------- I consider her a good student. I had also assumed ...
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Are festivals really nouns? [closed]

I learned that a noun is place, animal, thing, people. Why we are told to capitalize Christmas and Thanksgiving which are not nouns, or are they really nouns?
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Countable nouns with a/an and the

Task (Put in a/an or the.) I saw ... accident this morning. ... car crashed into ... tree. ... driver of ... car wasn’t hurt, but ... car was badly damaged. Answer I saw an accident this morning. A ...
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“Someone who is disinclined to work”

What do you call the one who is disinclined to work, but when their senior comes before them, they begin to act they are hardworking? The manager, after inspecting the office, found that three ...
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Plural or singular noun in a negative sentence? Depends on the context?

I was not sure I should use a plural or singular noun in a negative sentence. But later, I thought it might depend on the context. Do you think my explanation below is correct? Example 1: A: I have ...
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How can a noun be countable and uncountable at the same time?

How can a noun be countable and uncountable at the same time? For example 'shock'. You can get a shock. I'm suffering from __ shock.
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Can singular noun be listed together with plural noun

I want to make sure if the sentence "attributes possessed by a person such as his name, age, gender, occupations, ..." is grammarly Ok because occupations is plural and other nouns are ...
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“Some day/time” if “some” modifies and specifies a more particular day/time

The adverbs someday and sometime express future time indefinitely: Let's meet sometime when your schedule permits. The two-word forms are always used when some is an adjective modifying and specifying ...
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How to use singular form of noun for plural things?

"The villagers reared goat and buffalo" is the same as "The villagers reared goats and buffaloes" even though the noun forms used for the animals in the two sentences are different....
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Changing verb in a sentence with superlative with a noun

I wonder if I can change That's the furthest/farthest I've ever run. with That's the furthest/farthest run I've ever did.
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Noun describing the time from which a task is accessible

If the time from which a task is no longer accesible is referred to as its deadline (noun), what's the opposite of that? That is, the noun describing the time from which a task is made accessible. I'm ...
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Are noun+noun and noun's (aphostrope) + noun the same?

First, please see these examples: Noun+noun: a three-hour journey a ten-pound note a four-week course noun + 's + noun: I've got a week's holiday starting on Monday. Julia has got three weeks' ...
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What is the name given to a part of a sentence that's the result of a verb?

For example, given the sentence: Yankee batters hit the ball well enough to win their first World Series since 2000. What is the name given to the part "to win their first World Series since ...
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Plural and singular nouns after preposition 'of' in grammar explanation resources

I have read a few explanations about how to use nouns in sentences. I found two common versions of the explanations. Nouns can be used as subjects of sentences. reference1 / reference2 Nouns can be ...
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Are there any rules for placing a noun after a preposition?

I still cannot master which form of nouns (singular or plural) should be placed before and after the preposition "of". For example, if I want to refer to one book of each student, which one ...
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I am confused with the usage of word 'by'

I read a sentence : Have you ever been bitten by a dog? but usually when we use 'by' we don't put a/the/my before noun. Can somebody explain me why we did that here?
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opposite to the number 25

I cannot make sense of this sentence, namely the opposite word in Our house is number 25, and theirs is just opposite. What is opposite to the number 25 ?
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common plural noun [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? The Italian was furious after the Turin giants were dumped out of the Champions League last season by a late Real Madrid penalty. As I've been taught ...
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Had+been+adjective or Had+been+noun

This is the sentence that I've been thinking: I would have gone had they been ____ a) ignorant b) ignorance Notice that the writer (of the question) omitted the "if", so that he could ...
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Uncountable nouns and pronouns

I'd like ask you about uncountable nouns and their pronouns. ①When we refer to two uncountable nouns as pronouns, can we use "them"? ②If so, why is "it" used in this second ...
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“Sorry person” vs. “Person sorry”

I'm talking about a sorry person about the exam. I'm talking about a person sorry about the exam. I intend to mean "a person who is sorry about the exam". Are these two sentences the same ...
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How should I address the readers in a product review? [closed]

Occasionally, I leave reviews on the games I play. I mostly use "the player" or "players" in my text to have a rather formal tone. However, my formal writing is not as rigid as you ...
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What is the word describing a person who prefers reading on paper than on pdf?

There is a type of person who prefers reading by text page or printed page rather than pdf file or web browser. Can I ask how come we call this type of person? Update: I have a look around and see ...
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Gerunds modified by nouns? Possible?

Can a noun modify a gerund? car repairing/door painting/room cleaning It seems to me if it's possible it sounds ambiguous. How is it going with your car repairing? Does it mean that I repair cars ...
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Earring, don't use is or are? Pronouns “it” or “they”

I know that sunglasses, scissors, pants are plural. How about earring? If it's a pair (both left and right are alike), do we say "I love them" or "I love it"? I got a present from ...
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Ferrari engines factory

Does the phrase "Ferrari engines factory" have theoretically two meanings? I think that it can mean either of 1- (Ferrari engines) factory = The factory manufacturing ferrari engines 2- ...
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Can I say “The country's ongoing widely discussed problems are hopeless”

Can I use the combination of "adjective + adverb + adjective + noun" like The country's ongoing widely discussed problems are hopeless. (Or instead do I need to say ongoing widely-discussed ...
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Why the noun “sky” is not capitalized?

In English, proper nouns are always capitalized. Since there is only one sky I would expect it to be a proper noun and capitalized. But it seems it is treated as a common noun and not capitalized. Why ...
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Use of indefinite article with non countable nouns [closed]

As per the article rule, we should not use an indefinite article before the non countable nouns. But following are the examples of the indefinite articles with non countable nouns. Day 3 has been a ...
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Noun+noun in the predicate

This is the example of ‘nothing’ in the Cambridge dictionary. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/nothing The score is Yankees three, Red Sox nothing. What is the kind of function ...
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bit vs a bit, which one to use when?

I've got a slight confusion while using them. I believe "a bit" is used in the case when we are thinking from an "a little" perspective. ex- he is a bit too late. When shall we use ...
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What is the noun derived from “to compromise (a computer system)”, or the correct expression for this fact?

In information security, in order to express the fact that a system was successfully attacked and taken over, one usually uses the verb compromised The system was compromised after a successful ...
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back in Boston on a visit to

What's the difference between the following two sentences? Sam is back in Boston on a visit to his uncle. Sam is back in Boston to visit his uncle.
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Street smart: modify adjectives with nouns?

I was confused by the roles of nouns in English. It seems that nouns can modify verbs as stated in this qeustion and adjectives in these examples: Do You Know How to Be Street Smart? ... the prior ...
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Can a noun or word have more than one case?

Can a noun or word have more than one case? I was thinking the phrase "you look like a spider climbing up the stairs" before I thought that within that phrase or sentence, "spider" ...
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When MUST we use noun phrase + adjective , not adjective + noun?

I always catch my students using adj + noun even when it's not suitable but I don't know how to explain why we can't always do that and what the rule is. For example: Mental health issue people need ...
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Can I join an arbitrary number of nouns to make them act like adjectives?

I always thought that I can join as many nouns as I want together and in fact make all of them play the role of adjectives except the last one. But the other day I was told that there is no such rule. ...
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Use of “the” in “the long-term consequences of climate change” (use of “the” in “the noun of noun”) [duplicate]

I'm not sure if "the" before "long-term consequences of climate change" (and in similar cases of "the noun of noun") is necessary or optional. My instinct tells me I ...
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Shall I use an article before the word "soul”?

"soul" is not a countable noun, but I have saw some using for this word?
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Is the sentence “George's inviting her should please Mary” correct? [duplicate]

As far as I know, this sentence should be George's invitation should please Mary. But in an English book, I am recently studying it is stated in that form. Is it grammatically accurate?
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Is it a 'noun' or 'Adverb of place'?

"The boy went to his house." Is 'house' from the above sentence a 'noun' or 'Adverb of place' ? I know the word 'house' is noun but the definition of adverb of place is to answer the ...
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Doubts on the usage of the pronoun *which*

I have a few questions about the use of the pronoun which. In the sentence: A statistical model is a family of probability distributions of a random variable which is smoothly parametrized by a ...
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Can't figure out the usage of 'of'

dappled sunlight had danced in Soraya’s eyes, and of the delicate hollows above her collarbone. Here why have we used the word 'of' before 'delicate hollows' instead of using 'on the delicate hollows'...
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“ I thought I was the Glob of rap ” What is the meaning of “glob” in this time?

I saw this word in "Adventure Time" cartoon series. Another instance of using this word --> "oh my glob"
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What is the agent noun for verbs ending in -y?

What is the correct way of spelling it, and what would the rule be for -y verbs like retry. Is it retryer or retrier? That is, on -y verbs, is the y kept or substituted by i?
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How is it called to the one that anonymizes?

I cannot found this online. That one that anonymizes is an anonymator, an anonymizator or anything else?
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Is 'I'm' a verb, noun, adjective, or adverb? [closed]

I am currently doing my online work, and I was sorting verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. I was doing well, until 'I'm' came up. I would really appreciate it if someone could answer my question, is ...

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