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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"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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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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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 ...
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What does "screenshot" mean in news titles?

I recently read some articles from cityam.com and found some titles had similar patterns like "Screenshot: blahblahblah...". For example Screenshot: Can social media win the anti-vax war? ...
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When can't we use the article "the"?

There is an exercise about articles. We must put the necessary article in the underlined places, if necessary, and “x” if it is not. There we went shopping at the (Correct is: x) Harrods, visited the ...
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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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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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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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Batman: a compound noun or a proper noun?

Is Batman a compound noun since it is made up of two nouns? Or being a name it remains only a proper noun?
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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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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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Is ‘THE Ukraine' grammatical? [duplicate]

Sometimes, I come across this weird usage of the definite article with the word 'Ukraine'. Keep in mind, it's a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Is it grammatical, and what is the origin of this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do you express your family, 'Smiths' or 'the Smiths'?

I want to express my family in English. As far as I did research, plural form of family name has that meaning. However, I do not fully understand how 'the' works here. Suppose the family name is ...
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How to use the title of "lady"?

If you had to welcome the writer J K Rowling, would it be appropriate to say "Lady Rowling / Lady J K Rowling, welcome in our school!" or just "Mrs Rowling / Mrs J K Rowling, welcome in our school!". ...
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Meaning of "racial lines"

Here's part of an article: The bleakest charge, heard in political speeches, in academic discourse and from community campaigners, is that American schools and neighbourhoods are resegregating ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Do I need an article if the proper name already contains an article?

Please look at this phrase: the book by H.G. Wells “The Time Machine” Is it OK to use the definite article with "book" if the book title already contains an article? Are the any rules for ...
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When do we use "THE" before character name/nickname?

For example: Why do we use "Wolverine" not "the Wolverine" I want create character of the nameless man called Revenant. Should I use "Revenant" or "the Revenant"? Thanks in advance.
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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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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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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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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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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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"Don't let dog out" vs "don't let the dog out"

Don't let dog out. Don't let the dog out. Are those sentences both valid, or is only the latter a valid one? Is the needed for non-proper nouns? Is "Don't let Mike out." valid?
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When do I capitalize department in an organization? [duplicate]

Question: I would like to know if in the following sentence that pertains to an organization...if it should be Accounting Department or Accounting department,please? Whatever the answer is...would it ...
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Articles with names of styles, art movements, and arts & crafts techniques

Would you use articles with names of different styles, movemenets, or names of particular techniques/types of something? Does it matter if I use common nouns with them (i.e. words like "style&...
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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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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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"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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When do you use determiner "The" before a proper noun?

I've been translating some stories from my mother tongue (Spanish) to English, but I have struggled with certain titles, for example: La Siguanaba in English would be the Siguanaba. This is a unique ...
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Can I use the at front of a place's or a building's name?

For example: the Zhong Nanhai. the Tiananmen Square. get to the Tiananmen Square Is it ok?