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Can I say "I am going to the downtown"?

Since this problem is quite tricky, let's break it down: We definitely cannot use "a" or "an" for "downtown", so we are left with "the": Articles are used ...
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Is the expression 'any amount of' used with plural countable nouns?

Short answer: 'amount' with countables may be seen as idiomatic or informal. You can't go wrong if you abide by the standard 'compact dictionary' or learner's 'rule' that 'number' is for countables ...
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Why are baseball team names considered as plural nouns?

Those particular teams have chosen plural names. British football teams usually take their name from the town or district, e.g. Liverpool, Derby County (officially followed by 'Football Club', ...
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Why are baseball team names considered as plural nouns?

Sports team names often refer to all the members of the team collectively, so "the Yankees" is "the players of the Yankees baseball team." Conversely, when speaking about some ...
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'Obsessiveness about' or 'obsessiveness with'

I think "obsessiveness with" is more correct, even though I don't think in the dialect and academic writing, people will often use the word "obsessiveness"
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Articles before the names of sports

tl;dr: If you can say "I like cheese and I am eating cheese" then you can say "I like cricket and I am playing cricket". There is no definite article. The mistake you make is in ...
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Is the noun "time" always uncountable?

The noun "time" is usually uncountable, but it does have some countable senses, such as this one. In the sense of "a duration" you can say "a long time" or "write ...
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What is your favorite color of (a) t-shirt?

Another way to ask the question is: What is your favourite T-shirt color/colour? Putting colour at the end makes it clearer that you are asking about a favourite colour, not a favourite T-shirt. That ...
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Should we use possession or can we consider nouns as adjectives?

In your example "document location", "document" is, as user Canadian Yankee said, an attributive noun. The two constructions you mention, attributive noun and possessive, are both ...
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This is mashed potatoes or These are mashed potatoes

The translation is acceptable because we normally treat the noun phrase "mashed potatoes" as singular and uncountable. However it may be better to use the alternative "mashed potato&...
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This is mashed potatoes or These are mashed potatoes

There are uncountable nouns, which generally are not seen as discrete substances, but a continuum, e.g., water, air, and mashed potatoes. These are generally treated as if singular, so, "this is ...
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This is mashed potatoes or These are mashed potatoes

The app probably takes "mashed potatoes" as a singular noun as a side dish, but yes I feel this translation is off. You are correct to say: This is a mashed potatoe. These are mashed ...
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