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Connotation of "athlete's foot"

Apart from denoting the skin condition affecting the toes, which is naturally undesirable, do you all feel that "athlete's foot" has any (positive) connotations, e.g. to the effect of being ...
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Article with districts' names

I was reading a book for my classes and encountered this passage: In the 1990s New York City’s art center shifted away from the downtown scene in SoHo to its present location in “Chelsea” on ...
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Is it Tate or the Tate, Tate Britatin/Modern or the Tate Britain/Modern?

This is really confusing, as event on the museum's website, there are different examples, such as in this article: ...the gallery at Millbank, now known as Tate Britain, was built and opened in 1897. ...
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—this was in the days before Spreckels had arisen—

Does anybody know what the authors refer to by this hint? Adolph B. Spreckels seems to have been an industrial magnate in San Francisco. Among others he was obviously vize-president of the Oceanic ...
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"Rodgers <was not an opponent> <were not opponents> of ..." — Does "Rodgers" here relate to the concept of collective noun?

ldoceonline.com: (1) Rodgers was not an opponent of the new airport. my variant: (2) Rodgers were not opponents of the new airport. As far as I understand: "Rodgers" is a plural noun. The ...
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Dear Dad and Mom / dear Dad and Mom / dear dad and mom

My question is precise, yet, even after consulting the Internet and this forum, I didn't manage to find an answer to the question, which is the following: which of the following ways to write that ...
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Common noun and article, determiners

Should we use articles and determiners before a singular-count common noun all the time? Are there exceptions? For example: A teacher plays an important role. but why fish lives in water?
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Definite article before the name of a region

If I want to write the name of a region like "(the) Middle East" or "(the) Northern Africa", do I have to put the definite article in front of that? Is there a general rule? Thank ...
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Capitalization of "Random Forest"

Random forest is a machine learning algorithm created and trademarked by Leo Breiman and Adele Cutler. This seems to be a proper noun, however, when I search https://ludwig.guru/ or use Google's https:...
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Which short form of "Stack Exchange Data Explorer" is more commonly used? "SEDE" or "the SEDE"?

"SEDE" is an acronym for "Stack Exchange Data Explorer", so when using it as an acronym, very strictly speaking, it should be "the SEDE". Is it okay to use as a proper ...
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Articles before common nouns when they are used with proper nouns (names)

I read an article about (a/the/-) Winterlude festival (festival here is not part of the event's name). In 2015, she published (a/the/-) book Innocent thoughts of the Innocent mind. Should I use ...
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Should I place an article before book titles when using them in text?

I am now writing an essay where I need to refer to two books titled 'Encyclopedia of Fine Art' and 'Thesaurus.' Should I put articles before the titles when I use them in a sentence? For example: (...
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Is a " Noun + Festival" a proper noun? Do I need "the" before that?

If there is a local festival whose name is "Noun + Festival" like "Sunshine Festival," is the name of the festival regarded as a proper noun? I go to Sunshine Festival every year, ...
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Using "was" or "were" for proper noun "Northern Plains"

I want to use the phrase "Northern Plains" in a sentence as follows: "The Northern Plains were a place of great danger; people never went there alone." Is "were" (plural) ...
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Why is "Dick" a nickname for "Richard"?

It makes no sense to me. Dick sounds absolutely nothing like Richard. Other English nicknames confuse me as well. Bob for Robert, Bill for William, Jim for James, though they are still a bit closer to ...
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"Culture" or "Cultures" for Proper-Noun?

What is the correct spelling for the name of a place below? a) Asia Culture Museum b) Asia Cultures Museum
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Why is it "the North Island" and not "North Island" in New Zealand? [duplicate]

New Zealand has a North and a South Island. These seem to be their names, as they are capitalized even on Wikipedia. I am pretty sure it should be "we go to the North Island", and not "...
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Why were “although” and “but” used together and “the” before a proper noun in this book? [closed]

Although we have not see an UFO but there are many people, who claimed to have seen it. The dog thought about the Ram and went to him. The Ram replied. “another time, my dear friend. I am an 8 years ...
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"the" former Yugoslavia

When are adjective-modified proper nouns compatible with the definite article? "The former Yugoslavia" seems fine, but "the Victorian England" does not. EDIT: Note that "the ...
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Is the article "the" required before a proper noun?

When using a proper noun such as a place name in a sentence, do you use an article before it? For example, I'm writing a story where magicians live in Mage Institutions. There are a number of Mage ...
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Why is Everest Mount wrong?

Can I say "Everest mount", instead of "Mount Everest"? I want to know the rule of such combinations. Or why do we say "Eiffel Tower", not the other way around? Thanks for ...
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What is the name of the snake-like sand streams the wind blows on the beach?

Does the phenomenon seen in this video have a specific name? Once, on a tv show, I saw someone call it "sand snakes", but I never found a second source to verify people use that designation ...
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Any/ None/ All of + Proper noun

I don't know any of Noah, Oliver, and Sophia. I know none of Noah, Oliver, and Sophia. I know all of Noah, Oliver, and Sophia. I would like to know whether the sentences above I created are correct. ...
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Definite article inside or after a proper noun

How can I understand usage of "the" inside or after a proper noun in the following examples? Is there a common explanation for both examples? Sometimes Bagheera the Black Panther would come ...
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Congressional District is generally lowercased but because it is in front of a proper noun (Maryland) then 'congressional district' is capitalized?

Sentence :Lieutenant Governor Rutherford's State Administration has invested 62 million dollars in the West North Avenue community to demolish and revitalize 100 houses from Milton to Hilton Boulevard,...
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What do you call the place where you tie a horse?

Can anyone please tell me what is the exact word for this type of arrangement to tie a horse? Or is it just called a stable? [Image source: https://www.reddit.com/r/reddeadredemption/comments/a1hcyo/...
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District or district

There was an evaluation by the District. The district employee conducted an evaluation. She works for the District. Can someone confirm if these are capitalized or not? I am confused.
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Proper and Common Nouns Problem

I have been asked to identify proper and common nouns in the following paragraph (which are supposed to be 20, exactly): "Evon Peter is from the Alaskan village of Vashraii K'oo. His goal is ...
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Ampere-ampere and Zika-Zika convention

The title is confusing but I can explain. This question originates from this post on why Zika is capitalised while chikungunya and yellow fever were not. The consensus was that Zika originated from ...
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Definite article 'the' with the word 'painting' when speaking about crafts

I'm writing an article about Russian traditional handicrafts, such as Khokhloma, Zhostovo, and Gzhel. I know the names of these styles/techniques do not require any determiner before them when I use ...
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Are words such as dad, mother, or uncle capitalized when used as titles?

Do native speakers capitalize "aunt," "mother," "father," etc. with "my", "her" if they are using them as a title? "My uncle works in a factory.&...
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An article with a title of a company / brand / project before a common noun

Would you put an article before a proper noun / a title that precedes a common noun when speaking about brands, firms, et cetera? For example: [A/The] Formula One staff responds to fans' questions. [...
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Articles before common nouns when mentioning them with titles

Do we use articles before nouns that are followed by titles? For instance: J. R. R. Tolkien is famous for [the] book "The Lord of the Rings." [The] movie "Fast & Furious" has ...
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can Chemistry/Physics etc be adjective?

I have a chemistry book. I have a physics book. here chemistry/physics tell that what type of book i have hence modifying book (a noun). so is Chemistry/Physics adjectives in above-mentioned sentences....
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Can Revenue Act be second referenced as the Act?

Question: When you first reference Revenue Act or Budget Act because it names a specific act and you second reference the same Act -can I shorten it by referring to Revenue Act or Budget Act as the ...
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Why is South capitalized in one sentence but lowercased in the next Sentence?

What makes South Baltimore a good place to live? Rule: when a direction immediately precedes a name of a city, capitalize the direction and the name of a city. Where is the south side of Baltimore? ...
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How can I tell if the word library is part of a proper noun name or if it is a common noun?

According to English grammar, when library is a very specific building capitalize the full name of the library. Therefore, I know that when I am referring to Morgan State University Library or Coppin ...
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What is the rule for capitalizing roles like Captain or District Attorney please in this context please?

Sentence 1:The District Attorney is coming to visit us on Wednesday. question: Why is District Attorney capitalized as a proper noun? Is it because 'District Attorney' substitutes for a person's name ...
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Is the word in this sentence, Russian, capitalized or lowercase? [closed]

I want to write: In Russian/russian, this is a common technique.... Which letter I should use?
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what will happen if a proper noun comes after a determiner, will it get capitalized? [closed]

like for example if someone's husband's name is "Jake" and it is used in "my Jake" should it be capitalized since it is a proper noun?
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Jeff at the library

a. Jeff, at the library, says he is going to resign. b. Jeff at the library says he is going to resign. Which should be used if there are two Jeffs and one is trying to clarify which Jeff one is ...
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Why is the first letter of a proper noun capitalized [closed]

Is it incorrect grammar to make the first letter of a proper noun small letters ? I found that most of the online grammar checkers will mark it as an error if you don't capitalize the first letter ...
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The proper word [duplicate]

Q1. Which one is proper here, "Beside" or "Besides?" Q2. "Beside" and "Besides are never interchangeable here? "...Numerous biodiversity experiments have been ...
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"professor in Houston University"

Should "the" be added in front of "Houston University" in the following sentence? ("the Houston University" sounds not as natural as simply "Houston University" ...
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Word order when writing about (computer program) functions?

I have read a number of books about computer programming, and never thought about this before. However, from one day to another, I started to notice that subprograms, functions, and other specific ...
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Are all city names ending in CESTER pronounced as STER?

I have heard all the names of English city names ending in CESTER pronounced as STER but I wonder if it is a "rule" and I should pronounce all of them as STER? Gloucester, Leicester, and ...
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Can you make any common noun into a proper noun by simply capitalizing the first letter of each word?

Below is from a document I saw the other day. Announcement regarding Online Compliance Training Seminar In order to cope with the recent increase in the social demand on compliance matters, we have ...
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"the Auckland" or "Auckland" [duplicate]

Can you please let me know which of the following sentences is correct? 1 Because of this reason the Auckland is having greater productivity. 2 Because of this reason Auckland is having greater ...
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Capitalization of nouns which are proper nouns!

Artificial Intelligence - AI. It is now a proper noun. The sentence goes like - "Artificial Intelligence can make better prediction of cholera outbreaks." The capital letters 'A' and 'I' ...
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Which is correct: Betty and he are friends or Betty and him are friends? Please explain. Thank you

Isn't it him is an object pronoun and not subject pronoun. Why do we need to use Betty and him and not Betty and he? Please explain. Thank you.
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