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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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90-day-warranty or warranty of 90 days

Please I would like to know where I can find PROPER information about the following: "6-year-old" “two hour test" "90-day-warranty" etc. When to use: “He is 2 years old” or “he is a 2-year-old ...
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Does “fastener” include “screw”?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "fastener" as follows: 1. A device, such as a clip, pin, or clasp, that attaches something firmly to something else. 2. A device, such as a seat belt, ...
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What is the word for your nationality if you are from Singapore?

Which of these is grammatically correct in response to "What is your nationality?"; “Singapore” or “Singaporean”?
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Why is “difference” used following “is”?

Could anyone please explains to me when to use "different" and when to use "difference"? I searched the web about that and I have seen that difference is a noun and different is an adjective and for ...
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How do you refer to plural nouns?

I'm wondering how I can refer to a plural noun in the following sentence. I lost my glasses. I need to get one. (Talking about a single pair of glasses) Since "glasses" is plural, I assume one ...
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How do we say the name of a people plurally?

I am writing an essay and I came across an event to describe in which I have to name the whole population of Spain doing something. Do I say"the Spanishes" or "the Spanish"?
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Can I turn the word vocabulary into a countable noun?

Can I turn the word vocabulary into a countable noun? For example: She is an exquisite student who possesses a considerable passive vocabulary that enables her to understand the most of the ...
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The meaning of “ the + N ”

I have a question about basic English usage. It would be very grateful if you could think about the question one time. Nouns have two different forms, singular form and plural form as all English ...
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Is “coach” a proper noun in this case?

I'm not going to play next year if coach makes me ride the pine again this season. (source) The sentence syntactically suggests "coach" has to be a proper noun, although it is not capitalized. It ...
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“Four-star verbal commits”

Early in the morning, the Ducks signed four-star verbal commits Jalen Hall and Isaah Crocker. (source) I find this sentence very strange and difficult to parse. Is "commit" being used as a noun, with ...
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Does “total of all the” make sense?

The sum of all the numbers from 1 to 10 is 55. Can the "sum" in the sentence above be replaced with "total" as follows? The total of all the numbers from 1 to 10 is 55. I found the phrase "total ...
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Much or Many for Money?

I was taught that "much" was used for the uncountable nouns and "many" was used for the countable ones. So, why do people often use phrases such as "too much money" or "so much money"? Are these ...
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Can one reminiscence comprise many items?

Can a reminiscence hold many items? Example sentence: A reminiscence I'll never forget are the days I started noticing her.
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What would “waiting” and “for” be in in terms of parts of speech in this sentence?

The sentence is, > So you have come? I have been anxiously waiting for you "Waiting" in this sentence will be a noun or a verb? I believe it is a verb because it the person is doing something here ...
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Combine singular and plural form of 'party'

Recently I came across following sentence on a form at a client's intranet: Enter the domain name(s) of the external party(s) you want to share with. Except for the fact that the sentence doesn't ...
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Using an article before a noun adjunct

I have an issue with putting articles in phrases like: "the equipment diagnostics and repair", "the equipment damage or breakage", "the Asset user’s explanation", "the asset damage or breakage causing"...
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Prepositions that go with “accuracy”

We need to improve the accuracy with which such errors are detected. I usually use "accuracy" with a relative pronoun as shown above. After looking up dictionaries, I found that the sentence above ...
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Subconscious divide? [closed]

I can't get a good definition of this word: There are some countries that have a subconscious divide in terms of social status. I think this pertains to social discrimination but they don't say it ...
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“oil reserves” VS “oil reserve”

The Persian Gulf has 65 percent of the world's oil reserves. Is it because there are many reserves on earth that the plural form of reserve is used?
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Should not we use “operation” instead of “operating” in this definition?

I read a definition of vivisection which was: Operating on live animals If operating is gerund we can't use preposition after it. Is it an exception?
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“On Thursday” or “Thursdays”?

When I refer to a habitual activity that takes place regularly once a week, do I need to use a plural form of the name of the day of the week or a singular one? I do one sport on Thursday at this ...
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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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When should noun modifiers be plural and when singular?

As far as I know noun modifiers should be singular. For example: 40 person team - the person is singular even though it's multiple persons However, there are some cases in which a noun modifier will ...
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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 "...