Found 78 articles starting with N:

nihilism, nihilist - vocabulary

nounNihilism: the total rejection of laws and institutions; nihilism is marked by terrorism, anarchy, and other revolutionary activity. In philosophy, nihilism is an extreme form...

ninety - correct spelling

ninety - noun and adjective  Example: He lived to the ripe old age of ninety. noun...

ninth - correct spelling

ninth - adjective, noun, and adverb (also ninthly)  Example: He was the ninth person t...

no one - correct spelling

no one - pronoun  Not noone.Example: He apparently likes no one, and no one...

no-action verb

All main verbs divide into two broad categories: action verbs (transitive and intransitive) and no-action verbs (the ...

No-Action Verbs

Recall that we’ve divided all verbs into two groups—action verbs and no-action verbs. The action verbs consist of two kinds: transitive and intransitive. Transitive verbs have direct objects. Intransitive verbs don’t.The no-action category al...

noisome, noisy

The human ear can detect only one of these words, that is, noisy. The other, noisome, is better associated with the nose. Noisy means “loud.” Noisome ...

noisome, noisy - vocabulary

adjectiveNoisome: very offensive, particularly to the sense of smell, as in noisome fumes.Noisy: loud.Note: The human ear c...

nominal clause

A nominal clause is a group of words with a conjugated verb in it that acts as a noun. Also called a noun clause, this structure can fulfill virtually all functions of a noun. A nominal clause s...

nondefining clause

The great grammarian Henry Fowler coined this term to refer to a nonrestrictive clause. A nondefining clause looks to the noun modified and adds information about it. It does not single it out among others that could exist in the ...

none, singular or plural

This indefinite pronoun may take either a singular or a plural verb. Don’t pa...

nonparallel construction

When you write a series of elements in a sentence, each element must (1) appear in the same grammatical form and (2) perform the same grammatical function. This is the rule of parallel construction. If any element...

nonpareil - vocabulary

noun, adjectiveA person or thing without equal, peerless; a small pellet of sugar used for decorating cookies or candy; a bite-sized chocolate covered with these pellets. I see you ...

nonrestrictive clause

A nonrestrictive clause is also called a nondefining clause.A nonrestrictive clause looks to the noun modified and adds information about it. It does not single it out among others that could exist in the context....

nor

Many writers use nor as a conjunction even when the negative state has already been established in the sentence. Savvy writers use or because the nega...

nostrum - vocabulary

nounA medicine sold with exaggerated claims of its efficacy; quack medicine; snake oil; a scheme, theory, or device, especially one to remedy social or political ills. As to Squire Western, he was seldom ou...

not to mention

See coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, not to mention....

noticeable - correct spelling

noticeable - adjective  Example: The stain was noticeable and caused him embarrassment....

noun

A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea or emotional state. Nouns are characterized by their ability to form plurals and to take possessive endings. The noun serves a variety of roles in our sentence...

noun absolute

The noun absolute is a power structure that belongs in your style. All great writers routinely use noun absolutes. In fact, you won't find a great work of fiction without oodles of noun absolutes. You form a noun absolute by taking a ...

noun adverb

A noun can act as an adverb. In the following examples, notice how the noun answers one of the adverbial questions (how, when, where, or why): He went h...

noun appositive

 See appositive....

noun chain

These days writers write long chains of nouns that befuddle the reader. A noun chain is a string of nouns, some acting as noun modifiers and one finally serving the noun function in the sentence. The expression noun chain is, itself, a noun ...

noun clause

 See nominal clause....

noun clause

 See nominal clause....

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