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  • n. Plural form of noun.


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  • Some authors have proceeded to still more minute divisions and sub-divisions of nouns; such, for example, as the following, which appear to be more complex than useful: _Natural nouns_, or names of things formed by nature; as, man, beast, water, air: 2.

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • +Participles+ adjectival as adjective modifiers as attribute complements as mere adjectives as mere nouns as objective complements as prepositions as principal word in a phrase definition of expansion of forms of in independent phrases misuse of modified by _a_ and _the_ modified by a possessive nounal, called _gerunds, infinitives, verbal nouns_ place of punctuation of used in slurring

    Higher Lessons in English A work on english grammar and composition

  • One of the ways that people avoid using gender specific nouns is to use honorifics (the trooper, a detective, the sergeant) rather than generic terms when refering to individual sworn officers but not using their name.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Suspect When You Can Find Out?

  • Oh, and Krikorian also whines about “the whole Latina/Latino thing — English dropped gender in nouns, what, 1,000 years ago?”

    What an unnatural stress pattern you have, Ms. Sotomayor! « Motivated Grammar

  • When I don't have a particular idea in mind for a poem, I'll extract a few hundred nouns from a text (or a combination of texts) and write them down in columns.

    Melissa Broder: Grand Theft Poetics

  • So even though certain nouns like domus (“house,” 4th) or res (“thing; matter; affair”, 5th) are technically regular and in very commonplace use, they still SEEM irregular because so few other nouns have matching patterns.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » PC

  • Throbert McGee: and still have a good recollection of the rather complicated patterns of inflectional suffixes for Latin nouns andverbs.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » PC

  • * Similarly, the Spanish letter ñ (which is always considered as a separate letter, not as a form of n) is usually found in words that had a double nn in Latin: annus – año (Romance languages form their nouns from the Latin ablative case, anno in this case).


  • Favourite collective nouns from the animal world: a charm of finches, a murder of crows.

    Brian Ruckley · Collective Nouns (& A Big Cave)

  • As for the usefulness of gender in nouns, it does allow for an extra level of detail (as does case) which can allow German and other languages with gendered nouns an economy of expression that English cannot duplicate without inviting ambiguity.

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