Questions tagged [proper-nouns]

For questions relating to things that have a name used for an individual person, place, or organization. It is typically spelled with initial capital letters.

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What is the term for the electricity, floor tiles, etc in a house or office? Like when you can't move in yet because those things are still lacking

What is the term for the electricity, floor tiles, etc in a house or office? Like, when you can't move in yet because those things are still lacking. Thanks.
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plural forms - family names

Which phrase is correct? This is the Brown family vs This is the Browns family (where Brown is a surname) Or both variants are correct when we are talking about the whole family? This ...
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Using article "the" with famous places?

I'm editing a children's book about wonders of the World. In this book, the authors are not native speakers(they are XACT BOOK(India)), and they wrote these specific places without article "the": -...
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"I and John" vs. "John and myself" vs. "John and I" -- Which is the acceptable way to refer to myself and my friend?

I need to find out which one of these ways to refer to me and a friend in one sentence is correct? I and John... John and myself... John and I...
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"The USA" versus "USA"

People on the Internet say that it's based on the context, but they suggest the form without the. However, when I read the Wikipedia article, the first sentence is the following: The United ...
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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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Choosing a shop name [closed]

Which one is more grammatically correct as a shop name, Valhalla’s Dojo or Valhalla Dojo? It’s a name for a game centre. My partners and I can’t seem to agree on this.
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Do you say Industrialist Henry Ford or the industrialist Henry Ford?

Do you say Industrialist Henry Ford or the industrialist Henry Ford? I have been speaking English in the US for 8 years now. The pattern I am seeing is that when you call someone by placing their ...
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How to translate the company name?

Here is the situation: I know one Russian woman named Oxana Volkova. She is a doctor dermatologist/cosmetologist and she has her own clinic. We made a bet: How to translate her clinic name? In ...
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Is it "Enterprise Team" or "Enterprise team" and "IT Support" or "IT support"?

I'm a bit confused regarding capitalizing certain words as I have found both their capitalized and uncapitalized forms on the Internet; for example, consider the following sentences: "Collaborate ...
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Please explain the use of "The" or no use of "The". In the first blanks

I would like to understand the use of the article "The" to mention the company name and also the not use of "The" to write the names of companies. Eg. Notice that the first, second and fourth ...
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"The Jesus who said" - why is there a definite article before the proper name "Jesus"?

The system doesn't seem to be providing for the well-being of all the people, and that's what makes it, almost in its very nature, something contrary to the Jesus who said, "Blessed are the poor. Woe ...
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What is a person’s relationship to their cousin’s uncle

I know a girl who is dating her cousin’s uncle. What is her relationship to him other than boyfriend girlfriend?
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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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How can "the number of times" be abbreviated?

This circuit reduces the number of times data is sampled. I named the circuit as follows: A sampling number reducing circuit I think "sampling frequency reducing circuit" may be better but too ...
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Why there is an indefinite article "We have a Hulk"

Loki: I have an army. Tony Stark: We have a Hulk. (The Avengers quote on IMDB) I just can't get why Stark uses an indefinite article with a real person in a phrase "We have a Hulk", is this ...
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I would like to know when to use have and has in a sentence talking about a country

Jamaica has or have snakes? Which is correct? Explain
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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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The use of the definite article with the names of bridges and zoos in American English

Do the names of bridges and zoos take the definite article in American English? The sources I've explored so far seem to be somewhat contradictory to this question. Maybe someone could suggest the ...
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Premodifying adjectives and proper noun countability

Secondhand PC hardware is incomparable with brand new Raspberry Pi. In this sentence, is it correct to say brand new Raspberry Pi without making it countable? That is, a brand new Raspberry Pi or ...
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"the imread function" or "the function imread"

What is the difference between the following sentences? Are both correct? If both are correct, which is more popular? The function imread reads images. The imread function reads images. ...
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Galois Theory -- an implied genitive or not genitive at all?

In the field of mathematics there are many concepts named after certain individuals: the Pythagoras's theorem, Galois theory, Hilbert space and so forth. In my native tongue of Finnish the person's ...
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What does "Linked in" mean?

My guess is that when you have connected to a group, you are "linked in" that group. But then shouldn't the preposition "on" more suitable? I can't find a resource actually says what the company name ...
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Is the name of a disease considered a proper noun?

I've never really thought about it before now, but is the name of a disease considered a proper noun, and thus, should the first letters be capitalized? For example: Would it be "celiac disease" or "...
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Articles before modified proper nouns

Nevertheless, Harry was determined to find out more about Riddle, so next day at break, he headed for the trophy room to examine Riddle’s special award, accompanied by an interested Hermione and a ...
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When someone injects Botox to her face

Please imagine someone injects Botox to a part of his / her face. What is the most natural way in common English to say it? For me, all of the following examples work, but I have no idea which one ...
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Defining an ad hoc proper noun

Suppose I'm writing a report where I often refer to a particular training dataset and a particular control dataset. Would it be grammatically correct to refer to them as to the Train dataset and the ...
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What is the correct says of `how to quickly remember 10^x to 2^y`

My purpose Know how to quickly remember 10^x to 2^y , or find a online tool can convert between them. for example: 10^1 to 2^3(approximations) 10^6 to 2^20(approximations) 10^x to 2^y(...
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When should one use articles with adjective+proper noun?

I've always thought that we don't use articles when the adjective is descriptive as in "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas". And that we do use them when the adjective makes the proper noun different from ...
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Every (noun) has done vs Every (noun) have done

I was listening to a podcast when I noticed this sentence, "Which, of course, every group has done..." So, I wasn't sure if "has" or "have" should be used in that case. Then I googled the two forms ...
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is there any term given to people who like smoking?

Is it called smoker? I just have done a google search with this: term to people who like smoking
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Is there any rule for shortening of names of people? [closed]

In Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women, four sisters are named Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth respectively, but later I realized their full names are Josephine, Margaret, Amy and Elizabeth respectively. The ...
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Cultural references related to names Lesley and Lindsay

Ted: You know, I'm proud of you--Lesley. Tim: Back at you, Lindsay. Source: The Boss Baby 2017 When the name Lesley is mentioned one character laughs and the other gets embarrassed. Clearly ...
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How to better express the idea of "advantages are supported by"

I'm writing an essay about the benefits of eating only vegetables and fruits. This is my discussion statement, which links the supporting statement to my point of view. Advantages of vegetarian ...
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"No more Hiroshima" or "No more Hiroshimas"

"No more Hiroshima" or "No more Hiroshimas". Some say the former and some say the latter. I'm wondering which is grammatically correct.
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Adams are four brothers

Adam is a person's name. So, can I say: Adams are four brothers. In my language it's possible. We always make plural of people's names.
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Article before a proper noun?

I can't tell exactly when an article "the" should go before a proper noun. For example both sound right to me in the following examples: These stuffs are imported from United States. These stuffs ...
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Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's [closed]

Some institutes are called Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's. Saifur is a person's name. His language institute reads 'S@ifur's. My question is why this institute is named with an apostrophe 's' at the ...
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What's the proper use of titles in sentences?

How should one uses titles in sentences? Should I capitalize the title? I talked to General Lee. or not, I talked to general Lee. And if the name is not mentioned, but I'm talking about the ...
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Sent her an email with or about?

Which one is correct to say? I have sent her an email with instruction about how to add mailboxes into her outlook I have sent her an email about how to add mailboxes into her outlook.
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No more Hiroshimas - Can proper nouns be plural form?

No more Hiroshima - I have listened that is not wrong, but this is different to what I'm aiming for. Instead of it, I can say 'no more Hiroshimas'. I have a question about it. Why is Hiroshima ...
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Using the word "the" with a university name

Should I add the word "the" before mentioning a university? I am a student at the University of ... or I am a student at University of ....
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Pluralization of an Plural Proper Noun (Organization)

I work for the University of Southern California's USC Games department. How would I indicate possessive ownership of items belonging to that department. Is USC Games' student developers ...
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Do you pronounce foreigners' names with the foreign pronunciation?

Some names, like "Michael" sound dramatically different depending on whether you pronounce them the German or English way. Which one do you use when talking in English?
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How to pronounce 'GB' (the island)?

When talking about United Kingdom or United States people often pronounce the letters of the abbreviation like "you kay" (UK). However, I have never noticed anyone spelling out 'GB'. Is it somehow ...
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Should "Roosevelt was re-elected the President" have "the" and "as"? [duplicate]

"Roosevelt was re-elected the President of the United States for the fourth time." I wonder why "the United States" should get rid of "the?" And is it necessary to add "as" behind "re-elected"?
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Some grammar for sites

I'm describing a bar graph and I'm little bit confused. I want to write something like that: On the second bar we can see the first peak: somesite.com was visited by almost 19 percent of internet ...
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What should I understand by "try outlook"?

I received an email from my boss telling the sentence: "Try outlook resources inc DBA Company Name". I am not sure what it means, what I asked him was to confirm a number account that he gave me ...
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What are the role of titles before names in English?

For example: Mr. Chan Chef Akbar President Obama Doctor Tom My question is what are these titles, that is Mr, chef, president and doctor, called in English during parsing? Are they ...
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Should adjectives derived from people's name start always with an uppercase letter?

I've seen adjectives like "Guassian" (e.g., Guassian elimination) or "Bayesian" (e.g., Bayesian networks) which derive from people's names. In the previous examples, "Guassian" derives from "Gauss" ...