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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Is the rephrasing of "city of Brandfield" to "Brandfield city" correct?

In the process of preparing for IELTS, I was practicing Writing Task 1. In the task it is said: Below is a map of the city of Brandfield. ... Commonly, the first sentence of an essay should ...
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"That house is made..." – of vs. from vs. with vs. by (a material)

For example: That house is made of the Stone. That house is made from the Stone. That house is made with the Stone. That house is made by the Stone. Which of these prepositions is correct ...
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'The' with noun expressions containing personal names

It is often not clear whether to use the definite article when a personal name is used. Tolstoy's books. — It is John's property. — Somewhere in Steinbeck country. but... The ...
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India Prime Minister Vs. Indian Prime Minister Vs. India's Prime Minister

I have read all of them and they all tell the same thing. The Prime Minster of India. But then, which one is better to use. To me, grammatically, all mean different! India Prime Minister -what sort ...
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Is there a proper noun for the person being proposed for a job interview? [closed]

In a proposing a proposer propose a blank for a job. I am not sure if it exists.
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What is the name of the box which keeps software CD?

I don't know its exact name or how do you call this box in English: The CDs inside the box are essential and required to be installed before the paid hardware can fully function. I don't own this box....
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How to relate a value to a name

I read: It may be preceded by the heading INTRODUCTION. In this example "Introduction" comes immediately after "heading" and "heading" gets "the". Is it a common way to express such constructions? ...
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How to parse "in the twenties"?

In the following sentence: Movies with sound became popular in the twenties how would I parse the prep phrase? Mainly I can't figure out part of speech of "twenties". Is it a common noun or proper ...
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(The) Putin's ratings shot up. Is the definite article allowed here?

In a sentence where the definite article precedes someone's name, as in this example: The war campaign has boosted the Putin's ratings. could the definite article be used? Would the above example ...
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indefinite article before proper names

Kafka, discovered in the 1920s by the Expressionists, damned by the Nazis in the 1930s and by the Marxists at more or less the same time, was reinvented after World War II by the French ...
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Countability of Proper Nouns

I've tried to find out classification of English nouns. Common nouns have a number of types, such as countable, uncountable and collective. Everything's clear here, but I am confused by Proper Nouns. ...
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What is grammar of these structures "room 101"; "flight 301", "building C", etc?

Sometimes, I hear these structures "room 101"; "flight 301", "building C", "Sir Bill", "Captain Phillips", "Soviet submarine K-19" etc? But it's "Hilton restaurant", "Evan Almighty" Is there any ...
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(The) Soup Of The Day

Suppose that you own a restaurant and you want to make a particular soup for each day of the week, and you want to capitalize the name on the menu (as if it's a proper name or a unique title or ...
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How do I pluralize a proper noun that is also an English word?

There is a card in Magic: the Gathering called Rally the Ancestors. My friends and I refer to the card by its shortened name, "Rally". The plural form of rally when used as a regular word is rallies. ...
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Why is Zika capitalized and chikungunya and yellow fever are not?

I noticed the usage on the CDC website. I don't understand why Zika is capitalized while the other two were in lower cases. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus ...
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Definite article with "9/11"

Could one use the definite article with 9/11? This is an example sentence composed by me: The author traces the origins of modern terrorism back to the late 19th century, but he admits that (the) ...
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What is the "Flying Y Ranch"?

What is the "Flying Y Ranch" in the following paragraph? One day in California, I drove to the end of the box canyon I lived in, took a wooden footbridge over a stream, and climbed through a stand ...
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Articles with the days of the week: "Is it a Monday today?"

Is it possible to come up with a context for this sentence. "Is it a Monday today?" I know it is usually "Is it Monday today?" but I also know that articles can be used with the days of the week. So, ...
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"Is Peter's party on a Sunday?" Why is the indefinite article used?

I saw this sentence in a primary school English textbook: Is Peter's party on a Sunday? I wondered why they put an "a" before Sunday. The teacher said it was correct but didn't explain. Could ...
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With which countries do we use 'The'? [duplicate]

If someone lives in USA he'd say, I live in the United States Of America. But if someone lives in India, he would not say, I live in the India. The better way seems to say, I live in India. ...
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"Best Trainee Turner competition" vs. "competition for the title of 'Best Student Turner'" [closed]

Which sentence is better? He achieved a good place in the regional Best Trainee Turner competition. He achieved a good place in the regional competition for the title of 'Best Student Turner'.
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Adjective or possessive?

Consider the following sentence: Who is the president of France? I want to build a shorter sentence and I don't know if I should use a noun adjective or possessive mark: Who is the France's ...
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What is the difference between 'east Indian' and 'eastern Indian'?

I read the following line in NYT: A surging crowd near a Hindu temple killed at least ten people and injured 25 others in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Monday, police said. Now, my ...
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Is 'a' implying one of the family?

Mr. Dursley hummed as he picked out his most boring tie for work, and Mrs. Dursley gossiped away happily as she wrestled a screaming Dudley into his high chair. (Harry Potter) Why is ‘a’ put, ...
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Why don't we use the letter "s" to form a genitive in this example? [duplicate]

Why do we say Pauli exclusion principle instead of Pauli's exclusion principle When we want to say that something belongs to somebody, we should use the "s" to form a genitive, i.e. "this is ...
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Question about "the" before names

For example I want to discuss one movie called "A" (it's just an example name) with my friend. Do I need to use the definite article before its name. Example: I want to talk about the "A" with you (...
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Add "the" before "of"

I am confused with the usage of "the" before an of". City of Pain A City of Sadness Why the first example does not add "a" or "the" before the word "city"...
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Is 'A dead [Proper Noun]' okay?

I've read it at many places. I'm not sure whether they were authentic sources. But in any case, is it grammatical to say 'A dead [proper noun]'? Say, A dead Michael Jackson I mean an indefinite ...
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Why are these words capitalized in Collins Dictionary?

Was reading about the word 'salvation' and came across this example in the Collins English Dictionary: salvation - the realization that Life, Truth, and Love are supreme and that they can destroy ...
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"My mom told me that this store is going to be hiring a cashier soon. " -- should mom be capitalized? [duplicate]

I found the above sentence on a quiz. Mom should be capitalized because it is used as a proper noun in the above sentence.
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Introducing a proper noun

I wrote: The dependents of a head node are enclosed with a Children node and the dependency relations are stored within the child nodes. It is in fact: The dependents of a head node are ...
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Asking menu that a brand of shop serve?

Sorry if it is confusing. What does a Starbuck serve? or What do Starbucks serve? The second one makes sense for me, since there are many Starbuck shops, but I'm still uncertain. Which one ...
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before we get to yuppie -- why no article in front of "yuppie"?

Source: short audio clip Transcript: So, what is a yuppie? Well, actually before we get to yuppie, we need to go back in time. Let's go back all the way to the 1940s. Now, a couple months ago, in ...
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Why "the Australian Capital Territory" but not "the New South Wales"?

Why is "the" used in "the Australian Capital Territory", but not before "New South Wales"? Is it as if you started off with "the territory", made "territory" start with a capital letter, and added in "...
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We America.... and not We Americans -what is this special use?

I was reading articles on the New York Times and found this. None of this means we, America, just have to do what the world wants, but we do have to take it seriously, and we do have to be good ...
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Should I need to put an article before proper noun- in the following case?

Normally I know that it's incorrect to put an article before proper nouns but in this case I doubt whether I need to put an article before the proper noun. The context is: "The main difference is ...
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Capitalizing family members' names (i.e. nouns, NOT proper nouns)

My daughter's English text book has a note which reads if you are directly talking to a person about the only person in your house, it can be capitalized. For example: "Mommy, have you seen my ...
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Using THE before some countries

I have been taught that it's grammatically proper to use the before countries like "Sudan and Yemen" but I was never given a reason (if there exists any, of course) when I asked why, except for "it is ...
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Why are lakes called "Lake Soandso" but seas are called "Soandso Sea"?

I am an English teacher for Brazilians. I was explaining the Great Lakes, and after that I mentioned the sea in Europe and noticed that the names were in a reversed order: Which of the great lakes ...
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Why are some common nouns' first letters being used capital?

I am reading "The Orphan Child". On the first page there is a sentence which seems fine to me. But I think I should clear the air and make sure am with the writer on the same page. My question is ...
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Makeup, make-up or make up?

Make up course, make-up course, makeup course - I mean something like make up course. I have to include this in my CV and I don't know which version is correct.
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How to translate proper name that contain one diacritical mark?

I'm currently writing an English report, and I have to include a street name in it. Unfortunately, this name includes a character that is not present in the English alphabet: an è. Every other letter ...
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Should the names of computer programs and libraries be preceded by an article?

If I want to refer to a computer program, like, e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc., do I need an article (definite/indefinite?) ? (1) use the Internet Explorer, use the Firefox, use ...
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“I like the USA” or “I like USA”? [duplicate]

Use the if the country’s name includes a common noun. I know that we have to use "the" in front of some countries and USA is one of them. But it sounds odd to say "I like the USA". Please tell me ...
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Using "the" instead of "a" for something that isn't a specific object

I've been curious about this for a while. Generally, one uses "the" if they mean a specific object ("The copy of Lord of the Rings I bought yesterday") instead of any object that fits a description ("...
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A proper noun with an indefinite article -is it a rare case?

Proper nouns don't take indefinite articles -simple and straightforward. But then, I came across a sentence while searching for some examples as I was pondering over this question. I learned that at ...
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Is it incorrect to use 'There is ~' in reference to a single proper noun?

Is #1 wrong? There is Mt. Everest on the border between China and Nepal. and should it be #2, Mt. Everest is on the border between China and Nepal.
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"The Collins French Gem Grammar" and "Collins French Gem Grammar" -- why use an article?

Source: The Collins French Gem Grammar offers the learner of French extensive coverage of French grammar in a compact, portable format with a clear, colour layout. Collins French Gem Grammar has ...
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Translation of country and city names in legal documents

I would like to know if it is right to translate the names of countries or cities in official legal documents. For example, should I translate the name of the Italian city of Torino into English as ...
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Can people have punctuation marks in their name? [closed]

I am wondering if there is something that prevents punctuations in a person's name? I know apostrophes and hyphens are acceptable (i.e O'Reily, O'Brien, Mary-Ann, etc...) I don't care how the name ...