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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Bread + singular / plural pronoun

I know that "bread" is an uncountable noun. So logically its referred pronoun should be singular as well, but recently, I have come across a sentence in a book (written by a non-native ...
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“Municipality of <municipality-name>” or “<municipality-name> Municipality”

I was discussing with some people about which form is more correct regarding a Municipality, or other territory divisions. For example, regarding to a map of the municipality, is it more correct to ...
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Single word that encompasses backpacks, baskets, pockets, etc

What is a good, single word to describe any means of keeping and transporting items? The word must describe: backpacks, baskets, pockets, purses and plastic bags. Bonus points if hands fit the ...
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What's the meaningful way when I mean that all are included? of first to fifth, of first up to fifth or from first to fifth?

He doesn't want to transfer students of first to fifth grades to remote learning. He doesn't want to transfer students from first to fifth grades to remote learning. He doesn't want to transfer ...
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“As close as possible to [the point] where” - the noun is omitted, how would you call such an omission?

I have noticed that "as close as possible" is sometimes followed by "to where" instead of a noun. The bold text in square brackets is added by me. To speed up the flow of data, ...
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which one is correct, whine or whining as a noun?

Do you think these 2 are correct? Cannot tolerate your whine anymore Cannot tolerate your whining anymore I feel more comfortable using "whining" in this example but I can also see that &...
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Noun after “have been”

Here is a part of ACTIVE Skills for Reading 2, page 137: Humans have traditionally been omnivores, with a diet of both meat and vegetables. But lately it seems we've become a society of meat eaters. ...
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Is sky a countable noun or an uncountable noun? [duplicate]

Is "sky" a countable noun or an uncountable noun? We can count the sky as it is only one, but it's that people refer to as it being uncountable.
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Romantic as a noun or an adjective?

In the movie Casablanca, Renault tells Rick (@ 16'45"): "I like to think that you killed a man. It's the romantic in me." I can't find this phrase in the dictionary: " it's (...) ...
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Oxford Dictionary - Here “Oxford” is an adjective or noun? [duplicate]

I like to know when noun is used as adjective.
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How do I know that some verbs have gerund or “tion” noun? And when to use which one?

So I would like to know that which verbs have gerund and which ones have nouns that end with "tion". I don't know how to explain it but see the examples below: Provide = providing but NOT ...
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Making nouns from present perfect

How to make noun from present perfect form? I mean we can make noun from present simple by adding –ing: teach (a verb) -> teaching (can be used as a noun): I like his way of teaching. Is it ...
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noun: plural or singular?

In this sentence: "Mountains and lakes are typical of the landscape(s) in Switzerland." landscape should be used singular or plural? Why?
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The phrase “from before”

In the sentence "I know him from before", what part of speech is "before"? Is such a sentence acceptable in the first place? More generally, is the phrase "from before" ...
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Translations of older or historical professions from German

Should the German term "Bauernvogt", literally meaning "peasants' bailiff" be kept as "Bauernvogt", translated to "peasants' vogt", "vogt of peasantry"...
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are the kinds of

a. Those are the kind of bird that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. b. Those are the kinds of birds that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. c. Those are the kind of birds ...
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Someone who lacks literacy is illiterate or barely literate; is there a similar noun or phrase to describe someone who can barely type?

Someone who lacks literacy is illiterate or barely literate; is there a similar noun or phrase to describe someone who can barely type? "Barely able to type" doesn't roll off the tongue very ...
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A word 'Poison' as an adjective

Can the word 'Poison' be used as an adjective? according to two lyrics, it can be Poison heart Poison apple as far as I know adjective for 'Poison' is 'Poisonous', moreover, I couldn't find the ...
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If love is an adjective than what do you write for an abstract noun

If love is an adjective than what do you write for abstract noun is it also gonna be same love and love because if angry is adjective than anger is abstract right. So what is an abstract noun for love?...
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Is “no similar event have previously occurred” correct?

In a paper, I met the following passage: In conclusion, there is little consensus on whether and when AGI will be created, and what will happen after its creation. Anything else would be highly ...
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Use of “following” as a noun

I couldn't find the exact source where I found this. I heard in a video where the speaker says We have international following... (I might have wrongly heard that) If that is possible to say ...
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Why can't I use 'the shadow' of something [duplicate]

I'm creating some application UI. Say when the user clicks a button, a shadow will be created for the given object in the page. And a message will appear saying: Do you want to keep the shadow? I'm ...
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The word “but” with no noun

Is this sentence legit? For example, Did you watch the movie but forgot the ending? or should I say Did you watch the movie but you forgot the ending?
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detail or detailing

In the following extract from Frankenstein, which of the two possibilities do you think makes more sense? and although I loved him with a mixture of affection and reverence that knew no bounds, yet I ...
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What does “triggered on a $30 million personal loan” mean?

Can somebody explain the phrase in bold for me, please? According to this source https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/margincall.asp “A margin call refers specifically to a broker's demand that an ...
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widow or widowed?

In the following sentence, should we use widow or widowed? Why? My father died when I was nine, and so my mother was a [widow / widowed] with four young children.
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Remain until, before, for, to with nouns

The common way to say that some time, events or whatever remains until the occurrence of something is (for instance): N days remain before Christmas N days remain until New Year N upgrades remain to ...
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If a legatee receives a legacy, what is the legacy giver called? Maybe legateer?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person who leaves a legacy. It would be nice to call someone or a group of people that word. Similar to how being a maverick is someone who's different from the ...
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Combination of plural nouns

This question bugs for for a long period of time already and finally, I found a place to ask to native speakers. Consider the following 2 situations: Situation 1: There are 10 firms. Each of the 10 ...
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Using “accounts” in reference to failed attempts

Is it idiomatic in English to use the noun "accounts" in reference to some failed attempts? For example, Henry is a very quiet and passive student that even looks sleepy while in my class. ...
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We are hoping for ‘mutual divorce’ or ‘a/the mutual divorce’. Is divorce here countable or uncountable?

How to recognise uncountable nouns.? When should we avoid using articles especially before the nouns that act as both countable and uncountable nouns?
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a sentence that does not show possession

What is the error in the following sentence? There is no evidence to show that information technology secrets are more vulnerable in India than in Britain or the U.S. I Think there is no error ...
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“a role of” vs “roles of”

I am working on a scientific paper and would like to ask a question regarding the use of "a role of" vs "roles of". "Dendritic cells play critical roles in expansion and antitumor efficacy of infused ...
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What’s the difference between We need someone to take ownership of the issue. and We need someone to take ‘the’ ownership of the issue?

What does having ‘the’ before ownership in the second sentence indicate? When to use ‘the’ if I want to use ‘the’ before ownership?
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it’s a pleasure meeting you or it’s pleasure meeting you.Why do we put the article’a’ when pleasure is an abstract and uncountable noun?

How to use uncountable nouns as countable nouns? Here pleasure is abstract noun and how to identify uncountable nouns as countable nouns according to situations?
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using of “GIVE” to turn a verb into a noun

Please attention to the below examples, firstly: 1-You can give me a hand, 2- Would you mind giving these plates a wipe? We can paraphrase the above sentence as: 1- You can hand me, 2- would ...
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What’s the difference between abide by law and abide by the law? What does the article the’ before the word law represent?

Is the phrase abide by law is correct? How to use articles after prepositions like by and in ?
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What does 'opening storyline' mean in this sentence?

Today I was studying my physics textbook and this sentence shows up "....filling the tank of your car in the opening storyline with gasoline." I can't seem to understand what it means. Google says ...
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A geometrical shape

I am looking for a specific name of a geometrical shape if there is any. It is a cylinder. The height is very short relative to it’s large radius. It’s very flat, but much thicker than a coin. Like a ...
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Why singlular + use instead of plural + use? (Eg. “drug use” instead of “drugs use”) [duplicate]

This question is probably asked over and over again, but I cannot come up with keywords that can clearly describe this question to a search engine. One of my friends has this fill-in-the-blank ...
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Should we use 'of' when describing quantities with 'score' and 'dozen'?

There are two score of books which are lying unused in the library. Why is two score of books used instead of two score books? What is the difference between them? Similarly can we use five dozen ...
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Two adjectives with different meaning for the same noun

Summer and Winter vacation are compulsory in our schools. Summer and Winter vacations are compulsory in our schools. which one is correct? As summer vacation and winter vacation are different, ...
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“I need to dig deeper in hard disk” VS “I need to dig deeper in the hard disk”?

I need to dig deeper in hard disk or I need to dig deeper in the hard disk. Which one is right? Is hard disk uncountable? Is hard disk uncountable noun in the first sentence if the ...
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Which one is correct: FAQ page OR the page FAQ [duplicate]

In situations that you want to talk/write about a noun that is the name of a specific instance (like FAQ) of a common noun (like page) which one is correct: common noun + specific noun like the page ...
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Should I say “my dog and my cat have very different personality” or “my dog and my cat have very differnet animality”?

I think "animality" sounds right as dogs and cats are animals, not person. However, I heard some native speaker use "personality" here. Which one is correct?
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Two score books and two score of books

What is the difference in meaning between: Two score of books. Two score books.
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What’s the difference between due to lockdown and due to a lockdown? Can I use article before the word lock down?

People are working from home due to lockdown or people are working from home due to a lockdown? Which one is true? And why the other one is not true incase one of the usages is not correct?
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Vacation and vacations

1)Summer and Winter vacation are compulsory in our schools. 2)Summer and Winter vacations are compulsory in our schools. Which is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference in meaning ...

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