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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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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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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 ...
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“granting high school basketball recruits permission to sign with agents on July 1 entering their senior years” meaning

The a Yahoo Sports article by Ben Rohrbach, August 8, 2018: Among the rule changes announced by the NCAA were: 1) allowing players who participate in the NBA’s draft combine to return to college if ...
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“some journalists are enemy of the relevant and enemy of the news you can use” meaning

On Sunday, top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway broke with Trump’s assertion that journalists are “the enemy of the people,” though she continued to defend her boss’ attacks on the press. ...
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Why is “bird” singular in this case?

everyone. I'm revising English and I've come across one thing I can't understand. In my grammar book (English Grammar in Use) there are examples of nouns that can be singular or plural. The thing is ...
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Should you use “the” when writing uncountable nationality adjectives?

Example sentence: (The) Japanese have been doing business with (the) Chinese for a very long time. (Maybe using "the" is a bit offensive?)
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How to call the chairs whose back will bend backwards when you rest against it?

I am sorry if my description is not clear enough. You know there are certain office chairs (unless the wooden chairs or steel folded chair) whose back can bend backwards when you lean against them. Is ...
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Do we have to use “to-infinitive” just after a noun?

In such a conversation, is the sentence with "*" wrong? Many people in Athens had time to get away from the fire, but, to save their children, they didn't have any time. Do you think that the part ...
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Appeal to or on

What is the correct preposition for appeal in this sentence? "I am appealing against the court's decision of shop lifting on/to me. I know ''appeal for'', ''appeal to works'', but I can't find the ...
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meaning - top of the mountain or summit

In an everyday situation to address the very top of a mountain is better to say: at the top of the mountain Or at the summit of the mountain And again what's the difference between the two? In ...
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Difference between 'three time' and 'three times'

He is a [three time] member of lok sabha. He is a [three times] member of lok sabha. What is the difference between above two?
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What is the single word of a group of objects which appears at least twice? [closed]

From the Wikipedia, the set is defined as: a collection of distinct objects What is the single word for a collection opposite to this one? The collection of not distinct objects - it means at ...
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Noun meaning “location of incident” or “location of attack”

Is there a noun that means or is synonymous with "location of incident" or "location of attack"? Preferably a countable noun, for talking about multiple of these locations. For example: You need to ...
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“More an X” vs. “More of an X”?

Are the following sentences grammatical? a. He is more a poet than a novelist in the traditional sense. b. They are more poets than novelists in the traditional sense. c. He is more of a ...
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Correct term for a one-person business

I was looking for the correct formal and legal term that describes a company/firm with one employee. I came across different terms: one-man business, one-person enterprise, sole proprietor--of which ...
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How much and How many with Money [duplicate]

When Money and Rupees are countable nouns why is "Much" used with them instead of "MANY" when asking a question like: How much money do you have? or How much does
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-er suffix help

Is there a word for of nouns with the suffix er but have the base of a verb? Ex. Sleeper, singer, swimmer. a type of noun that performs an action. The closest thing I can find is gerund, but I have ...
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How to tell if suffix *er* means a person, a tool or an action?

Many verbs can be suffixed by er, which makes them nouns. However, some nouns made this way refer to persons, while others refer to tools or actions. For example: pay: payer (the person who pays) ...
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The complements of linking verbs

We know that the complements of action verbs can be neither an adjective nor a prepositional phrase, but, it seems that that situation changes for linking verbs. He was upstairs. "Upstairs" ...
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Software, countable or uncountable?

I have come across an article titled " Scientists have invented a software that allows you to see several minutes into the future". Software is an uncountable noun. Don't we usually say" a piece of ...
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“by majority vote” vs. “by majority votes”

It appears that the CORRECT English expression is "by majority vote", as in "decisions are taken/made by majority vote". Since "vote" is a countable noun, why isn't there an "a" or "the" before "...
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What is the job title of a professor who teaches Classics?

Someone who is qualified to teach history is called a History teacher Someone who teaches music is a Music teacher … who teaches English to native speakers is an English teacher … teaches English as ...
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Alternative for 'delay' term in case count - not time - does matter

Let's say Bob asks Alice a question. If Alice does not answer the question Bob is posing now, but the question he posed earlier - how is this delay expressed? Both the words 'lag' and 'delay' seem ...
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How is 'rest' a verb or noun in the following sentences?

Rest as a noun: The boulder came to rest just behind the house after rolling down the mountain. Now that we're all in agreement, we can put that issue to rest. She was laid to rest in ...
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Is this sentence using “Writing” and “Advertising” correct?

My intention is to explain that all writing (as an activity) is advertising (as an activity). Same goes for the second sentence. Does this sentence convey an explanation mentioned above? All ...
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percentage, rate, or ratio which is correct?

My salary for last month was $1,000 and for this month was $1,100, that is, my salary increased by 10%. In this case, which of the following is correct? The rate/ratio/percentage of change in my ...
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“Heavy rains has” “Today's news are”

I just found these questions in a test on the internet: 'Heavy rains has caused flooding in several parts of the south west.' Is this sentence right or wrong? Also: 2) 'Today's news are all ...
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Does “physical burden” make sense?

This robot helps to reduce the burden on people who take care of older adults. I created the sentence above to describe that the robot can enable people with less muscle to take care of older ...
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using a noun for adjective purpose

Please excuse me for this question, but I want to know if I can use a noun as an adjective. For example, I want to say: "I hold this mission close to my heart for its goodness." Is this ...
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“Beautiful of” VS. “Beauty of”?

I can’t understand that how do we use of after adjectives ? It was beautiful of you to... It was kind of you to... It was generous of you to... As I know, it is possible to use of after ...
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To carpool, what do you call the passenger?

During a carpool, the driver is called the carpooler but I can't find any words for the passengers who share the same car, how can I call them?
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Are Titles Proper Nouns

I have always believed titles to be proper nouns, so in this question I stated it as an answer "Why We Listen to Music" versus "Why Do We Listen to Music" in title Somebody has ...
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Can the term “vicinity” become the subject?

I know that the term "vicinity" is usually used in the form of "in the vicinity of...". I would like to know whether the term "vicinity" can be used alone without a preposition, for example, as ...
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predicate adj or noun complement?

She is determined to finish this Is the word determined a predicate adjective or a noun complement?
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Is it ok to use the phrase “has fallen a due” rather than just “has fallen due”?

I'm not after a change in meaning (the meaning being; the time to pay an incurred debt has arrived. could be better phrased I bet) yet it just seems to sound better to say has fallen a due rather than ...
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Can “popular” also be a noun?

From the movie Geek Charming: OK, guys, seriously, it's a whole other alien world. A mystery species. We'll never fully understand the populars and the way their strange vortex works. This line ...
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Personal belonging/s storage

Let's say you're promoting a hotel. And you say: "We have many bedrooms, and each bedroom can even accommodate 3 people without having any problem for their personal belonging/belongings storage." ...
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What the name for these things?

Could you please tell me, how to call these things in English N.B. monograms, ciphers, cartouches don't fit the meaning Thank you in advance
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Terminologically, what is the difference between “child” and “childhood” if they're both nouns?

Terminologically (in terms of grammar terms), what is the difference between child and childhood if they're both nouns of the same root? The definitions of both of them are clear, and I'm not ...
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Tell me usage of out there

I send you out there. Is this correct one? Otherwise Any other suggestions for usage of "out there".
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Torrential +downpour?

At this very moment, I am adding the word ''torrential''(adjective) in my vocabulary list(also it sounds awesome and smart to say this-just from a non-native perspective hehe)however, Goggle ...
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“The better of the chances”: Why not “better chances”?

I ran into a sentence on a sports site: The home side dominated possession in the first half and created the better of the chances, with Inter reduced to taking potshots from distance in order to ...
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Can an adjective be used after a noun?

This apple is good one. I know an adjective can be placed before a noun, as in the sentence above. I drove my truck along a dirt road a mile deep in the New Hampshire woods. But in this sentence,"...