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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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The differences between the word “Manufacturing” and “Manufacture”

I'm translating a document and I came across to the word "manufacture and manufacturing" and i was wondering when i should use this word in a sentence. For example: The lamination processes are ...
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Usage of plural “maximums” in “I tried to go for six maximums”

After his Man of the Match performance, Rohit appeared on the Chahal TV, hosted by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, and revealed the mantra for hitting sixes. “When I hit three consecutive sixes, I ...
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an office for dealing with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail

Is there a word for an office that deals with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail in a company or other organization? I'd appreciate your help.
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aspect of vs aspect to difference

I don't understand why aspect noun takes "to" preposition later on. I would trust the professional's advice in that aspect of economics. There are many fascinating aspects to the complex procedure. ...
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What is the difference between the words 'process', 'action' and 'activity'?

According to https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/104006/104308 the word 'activity' is defined as group of actions. But in Oxford the word 'process' is defined as series of actions performed. Then what ...
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“Pulp-filled pods almost the size of rugby balls”: Two noun phrases connected without a preposition

In this sentence "These tiny flowers transform into pulp-filled pods almost the size of rugby balls." there are 2 noun phrases pulp-filled pods and almost the size of rugby balls connected without ...
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Transport as a noun in American English

“Sam took a transport to mother’s house”. For a matter of style I want to use the word transport or transportation as a synonym of vehicle, but for American readers. I read that in AE transport is ...
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Which word should I use, “master” or “Master”

When I am writing a personal statement, I am confused by the word "master". I don't know weather I can use the lower case because that's showed in the dictionary. But my friend from the UK told me ...
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Past tense of “screenshot”

Present tense I should screenshot this. He is taking a screenshot. Past tense? I screenshotted that. He took a screenshot. I don't know if the above past tenses are correct. is ...
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More English nouns like “jeans”, “glasses”, “statistics”, and “shorts”, having no singular equivalent [duplicate]

Besides "jeans", "glasses", "statistics", and "shorts", what are some other plural nouns in English that end on "-s" and don't become their corresponding singular-noun counterparts by merely dropping "...
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Non-countable nouns in English that end on “-s”

The word "news" appears to be plural - Oxford Dictionary says its origin is "Late Middle English plural of new, translating Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova ‘new things’." Yet in modern ...
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Can a tube with a bottom (a closed end) can be expressed as a “ bottomed tube”?

I am searching for a simple word for describing a tube having one closed end and one open end, such as a test tube. After googled, I found the expression "bottomed tube", but it seems this is usually ...
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Why are tomorrow, yesterday, today nouns not pronouns?

For example: Yesterday was great. When we say yesterday, we refer the day before today. Why can’t it be pronoun instead of noun? According to Longman dictionary tomorrow, yesterday, today can ...
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One that converses is a “conversOR” or “conversER”? [closed]

If I want to nounify the verb to converse, meaning one that involves in the act of conversation, I naturally tend to say speaker or talker. What if I actually want to keep the stem of the verb? Would ...
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Is it correct my use of “Of which” in this sentence

I'm using it in a sentence like this one: "there were "X" reports of which "N" were founded" where I'm talking about Investigated reports of complaints or denunciations.
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Questions on compund nouns in the form of 'A of B'

In this forest, we have ten different types of trees. Each type of trees needs a specific type of fertilizers. The choice of fertilizers is depending on the type of trees. Hi, I don't know when to ...
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Either content or contents 161

In the following sentence I read the letter and made him aware of its content/contents Which one should be used? Either content or contents. To me content seems a proper choice. But in my book ...
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How do we use invariable plurals?

I'm trying to get my head round how we use so called invariable plurals. I have been through about a million different sites now, and come up with the following: (i) There are three main groups of ...
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A noun describing 'planned, intentional' betrayal, not limited to context of war

Some weeks ago I found an English noun that is describing a kind of betrayal — namely, when Person 1 wants to betray Person 2, but Person 1 already knows he is going to betray Person 2 (he is going to ...
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For “The Nicest Reasons” or “of Reasons”

What is the difference between the two sentences below: They did it for the nicest reasons They did it for the nicest of reasons from the meaning perspective? Note: I see that someone ...
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What is a single noun describing a “rate limit”? [closed]

I am looking for a suitable term for API rate limit. API Rate limit is a time gap between consecutive API calls. Currently using apiRateLimit="1000 miliseconds"; Looking for something like apiBar....
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“Latters” or “the latter” or “latter” when referring to plural?

Which of the following are correct ways to refer to the last noun in plural and why: As these pieces of code mutate their objects, the latter are not safe to pass around. Or As these pieces of ...
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Referring to Speech

What is the difference between figure of speech and a metaphor? Is there not another side to this or is this the same term for both? For instance: Noun: metaphor |'me-tu,for| A figure of ...
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Use of plural when referring to a singular

Following is the sentence given in my exercise book(no other context can be provided). One could see her lying on the flowerbeds At a time a person can lie only on one flowerbed then why have they ...
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“You and I” or “you and me”

"You and I" is supposed to be used in the subject of the sentence. If the sentence starts with "It's you and I", does that mean it's supposed to be "you and me" because "It" is the subject and "you ...
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A term for an island reclaimed from sea by adding sand

What's the correct English term (adjective or a noun) for an island or a small peninsula that have been reclaimed from the sea by merely adding a lot of sand (gravel, dirt, stones, etc.) to the sea? I ...
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When can I omit nouns and when can't I?

He won fifth place in the lottery. It is his 10th already this year. --> It is his 10th win already this year. Reasons (of hair loss) can range from the simple&temporary - a vitamin ...
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Noun or Adjective plus Noun?

Are walking stick, dining table, dining hall, hummingbird, banyan tree, blackboard, etc. considered to be nouns or adjective plus nouns? In other words: What is the head noun in the noun phrase, The ...
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When is modifier noun in plural?

Why isn't "store" in the plural in the sentence below? More than 7,400 store closures have been announced this year The sentence is from Financial Times.
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What is the word for students under the same advisor

I'd like to know what is the word to describe students under the same advisor in graduate program, e.g. PhD. Students in the same department and/or in the same school year are called classmate.
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That car is the color of a ripe cherry. (How can a car be a color?)

Good day! That car is the color of a ripe cherry. "Color" is a noun that is in the same case as "car", i.e. in the subjective case. But how can it be possible? A car is a vehicle, a construction, ...
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Is Headache used as verb in “it does my headache”?

In Australia I hear this phrase all the time, like. You are doing my headache. It does my headache. You do my headache, mate. He does my headache. My previous knowledge of the word tells ...
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Singular vs plural as descriptor

1) we are friend since we were a child 2) We are friends since we were a child 3) We are friends since we were children First of all, I am sorry if these sentences are awkward since I wrote ...
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What should be used after plural nouns. makes or make?

Which one of the following is correct? 1) The things makes it look beautiful. 2) The things make it look beautiful.
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Customers vs. clientele

What is the difference of customers(plural) to clientele? The customers of Computer XYZ xyz are not happy with the products anymore. Vs. The clientele of Computer XYZ are not happy with the ...
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“My friend's actual job” vs “The actual job of my friend”

Why the following statement is incorrect? My friend's actual job involves a lot of administration. The book I am reading says that "The actual job of my friend involves a lot of administration" ...
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Punctuation preceding a proper noun

I was wondering what (if any) punctuation needs to precede a proper noun in the following sentence: The student John. That is, there is a student named John, and I am referring to them as a ...
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What is the correct word for someone rotating into a rotation?

We have people at work rotating into our group through a rotation program. I call the people rotating in/out "rotatees" but MS Word and apparently StackExchange puts red squigglies underneath that ...
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Remaining used only before a noun

According to the OALD remaining is used only before a noun. But in the following sentence One option to see through their project of a life-time is to elect Mr. Hunt, a one-time advocate of remaining ...
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players support personnel

When a noun relates to a large number of people then it is used in plural Example-- Human Rights Organisation Men's parlor But ICC Code of Conduct For Players and Player Support Personnel is ...
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A word to describe tools of the workplace

What group do work or office tools, devices, widgets, gizmos and accessories belong to ? Examples : post-it notes, calendar, address book, kanban board, phone... From my understanding, "stationary" ...
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“worth the effort” vs. “worth the efforts”

Is the noun used "differently" in "worth the effort" vs. "worth the efforts" ? According to Merriam-Webster, effort has the following 5 definitions - conscious exertion of power : hard work a ...
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Can collective nouns be plural?

Can collective nouns be plural? For example, can I say armies instead of army if I'm talking about different types of armies, or crowds. crowd and army are already plural but can I add an s after ...
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How do you call the people who love baseball?

How do you call the people who love baseball? Do you usually use "baseball mania" or "baseball lover"?
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Is there a noun that means “non-fictional summary/description of a specific topic supported by external references”?

Basically the summary or description of one specific topic, where the description is non-fictional, backed by 3rd party references, and does not describe new ideas but instead only summarizes a topic ...
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How to use dates in a sentence

In the following sentence This has to change. Arab countries as well as the UN should put meaningful pressure on the military council to pay heed to popular demands and hold those responsible for ...
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difference in “good” and “well” in this sentence

Which sentence is correct: your throw was good your throw was well I think that throw is verb so second should be correct ,but the sentence looks odd.
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the tense to use with “after” / word choice

The UK now faces the threat of £300m in fines after it (fail) ---------------------------- to meet legally binding EU targets to reduce pollution to safe levels. failed or has failed pollutants/ ...
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“Saying sorry won't make you smaller”,

“Saying sorry won't make you smaller”. I'm not sure whether my question is reasonable or not but I was discussing this question with my friends, and got some points by them. We, actually, faced some ...
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Is it normal to describe a Human being by a Non-Human thing with the verb BE?

If someone used another one to achieve a personal interest, then the other person may describe herself/himself by the suitable noun (a non-human thing) which s/he has been used as it. For example, if ...