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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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 ...
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Can “father” be “the father” and “mother” be “the mother”?

The original sentence: With mother earning and his older children drawing substantial wages father is seldom the dominant figure that he still was at the beginning of the century. Is it also ...
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Would “I feel hunger” be an equivalent to “I'm hungry”?

I found this question on ELL where the OP mentioned "I feel anger." and the answerer stated the following about it: [...] I feel anger typically more usually means you feel someone else's anger, or ...
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Can a noun be used to describe another noun

While reading an article I came across the following sentence: The more successful group, in terms of their creativity quality of their solutions... Is this grammatically correct? Can a noun be ...
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How to connect words correctly

Needle set/ Needles set or Set of needles Are all these constructions in conformity with the English grammar? Do they possess different meanings?
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Correct ways of using boring

I know that bored is used to describe how we feel, like I was bored at home. But is it correct to say: It is boring at the pond?
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Parsing of a phrase

According to Cambridge dictionary meaning of make a name is to become famous or respected by a lot of people How to parse this phrase To become famous or to become respected??
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Rains and rain distinction

According to OALD rain is used as Uncountable, singular But when it is used in plural form like the rains it refers to the season of heavy continuous rain. But the sentence Heavy rains quenched ...
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“The cow” OR “a cow” OR “cows” in this context

Article before a common noun: The cow--- a particular cow. A cow--- any cow. Cows.---all of them. But while reading an essay on cow, we usually get to see: The cow is a very useful ...
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Measuring the amount

We usually say I bought 2 kilos of potatoes. But can I say Potatoes were very cheap so I bought 2 kilos. I bought 2 kilo potatoes. I think the last sentence is wrong. But I am not sure.
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Type of Noun- Knowledge

i have a sentence His knowledge of many languages elevated him among his companions. Which type of noun is knowledge. Collective noun Material noun Abstract noun Concrete noun
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Order of noun adjuncts and adjectives

Is the term core common properties (of some objects) grammatical? The writer wants to address the common properties. From those, he is only interested in the core commonalities (whatever that means ...
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Singular vs plural following “noun[s]+of+noun”

I wish to correct my understanding. I found this example: The claimant must prove that the particulars of claim has been served on the defendant. The particulars of claim are one document ...
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“Tags editing” or “Tags edit”?

Can I say: "Tags edit" as a whole complete phrase, or should it be "Tags editing"? Another thing, is it: "Did some tags editing" or "Did some tags edit"? Thank you I know "edit" is a noun, and "...
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when does the noun “access” need an indefinite article?

Most usage of the noun "access" follows a similar format as the following - "have access to" or "gain access to" Even for the definition of "a way or means of entering or approaching", Merriam-...
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How do concern and issue differ?

This system is good, but one issue/concern with this is the cost. I would like to know which of "issue" and "concern" is better for the above sentence I created. That is, I am searching for a word ...
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understand structure and meaning of noun phrase

Need recognition occurs when an individual senses a difference between what he or she perceives to be the ideal versus the actual state of affairs. I bolded the noun phrase "what her or she perceives ...
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“as much as” or “as many as” forty degrees?

"the temperature can vary by as much as forty degrees" this sentence confused me, following as much as, there is plural word (forty degrees) but it was used with "as much as". Because there is a ...
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gerunds as a nouns

I can't understand why in examples beneath parts 'paying attention' and 'accepting payments' go without the + of. 1) I have friends who pride themselves in paying attention to detail. Maybe it is an ...
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Part - Countable and Uncountable nouns

Part can be used both as a countable noun and as an uncountable noun. In both of its meanings it refers to a piece of something or some and not full part of sth. So if I say The fire destroyed part ...
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Is *flood* used as *a flood*?

I wonder if the word flood can be used as a flood. I think the word like water cannot be used as a water because it is a collective noun. In my dictionary, it writes both countable and uncountable. ...
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Identifying noun clauses

[Whom we expect] to be delivering the presentation is absent. The desire to fight is [what we believe] to be planted in his mind. I bracketed the words which I think are the noun clauses of the ...
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The difference between Laughed and Laughing in my sentence

I have two phrases but I can't understand what's the difference between them. I will make you laughing. and I will make you laughed.
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“The” or “a” with “that”

From Tom Odell, Another Love: And I'd sing a song that'd be just ours. Shouldn't the article “the” stand in this case? is it explained here that this song will be only ours? And the word "that" ...
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How to use specialisation in a sentence

My specialisations are in the German and English languages. My specialisations are the German and English languages. Is "specialisation" here appliable to both of the sentences? Also, Should I ...
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Argue or argument [duplicate]

The sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Can we use 'argument' ...
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gerund and noun applications

This sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Why she's saying ...
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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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A problem regarding causative verbs

In an editorial I found a sentence. The government may be more successful if it identifies the incentives it can offer China in the next few months to review its position. To review its position ...
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Can Comma be used for introducing a substitute?

Example: But it was your barbaric friends, the huns, the ones that caused so much damage to the world. Can Comma be used to introduce substitute(s) for the subject?
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Does each verb have a corresponding noun with the same meaning in English [closed]

I believe that in English each main verb has (at least) one corresponding noun with the same meaning that is formed from gerund/derivation. For examples, discovery is from discover; reading is from ...
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After “for" is noun or V-ing?

I have 2 sentences, what is true? Data is too large for exporting Data is too large for export Please help to choose and explain why we choose the answer. Thanks so much!
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Difference between 'stomach' and 'uterus'

If a lady is pregnant, for her can this be said? She had a baby in her stomach. Or is it necessary to use the word womb or uterus?
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How can I know whether verb+ing is a main verb or a gerund or an adjective?

He is coming. Working is earning. In the first sentence, coming is a main verb and earning in second sentence is a gerund, aren't they? If the matter is that how could you explain the misleading in ...
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Between “the” and “firefighter” which one do you native speakers think of firstly when you say “the firefighter”?

"The firefighter saved a kid from the fire." I've just learnt a sort of curious notion. Generally, it is said that 'the firefighter' is a noun phrase "NP". But, somaone said that's a determinative ...
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Can an -ese noun, meaning people, used if it accompanies non- at the head of it?

Apart from the usual -ese ending words denoting a person/people, which is not usually accepted as natural, 'non-***ese,' --- would it be more accepted? Is this because the writer himeslf is a non-...
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Can 'singer' be used as an uncount noun?

Singer Mizuki Nana and her sister took viewers by surprise with their voracious eating of roasted duck. Macmillan learner's dictionary says 'singer' is a count noun. Might I trouble you to tell me ...
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identifying relative clause and noun clause

This, it has been argued, is probably true for purely informative advertising, where only the product or store information required to make a rational decision is provided. I think between ...
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A problem regarding numbers

Meaning of the word ground is reason. But in the following sentence Despite governments bringing in legislation towards this end, they have been struck down on the grounds that the additional ...
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Generic nouns plural/singular: Difficulties for ESL speakers

I work in Montreal, Canada with a great group of first-language French speakers, who are nevertheless very articulate in English. However what thing that comes up, again and again, is the pluralizing ...
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Is “school” a preposition in “The School day never goes too slowly”?

Is School a preposition in this sentence?: The School day never goes too slowly. If it is not what part of speech is it?