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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

noun
A 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 Surprising vs. Not Surprisingly

Not surprising vs. Not surprisinglyWhen you want to use the opposite meaning of a word, adding "not" before tha...

not to mention

See coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, not to mention
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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
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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
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noun clause

 See nominal clause
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Noun Function 1 - Subjects of Sentences or Clauses

We reviewed this first function in our overview above: The subject joins with the verb to form the main idea of the sentence. An example will jog your memory. We’ll use our noun-packed sentence, a sentence showing all 10 functions of the noun....

Noun Function 10 - Noun Absolutes

And now we reach the end of the list and find one of the most potent structures the English language makes available to aspiring writers.But before visiting noun absolutes, let’s review. Here’s the list of the 10 functions of nouns. Notice th...

Noun Function 2 - Subject Complements

We reviewed this function in our overview above: The subject complement is a noun following the verb to be or other linking verb. An example should suffice to remind you of the gist of the subject complement. Remember, this function also car...

Noun Function 3 - Direct Object of Transitive Verb

In the Grammar.com section on verbs, we’ll discuss transitive verbs, those that can pick up nouns. (Click here for the beginning of that discussion.) The noun it sticks to the sentence is call...

Noun Function 4 - Object of Verbal Phrase

Transitive verbs—those that can directly pick up a noun and stick it to a sentence—can appear as phrases, specifically as infinitive phrases (to win the game) or as present-participial phrases (winning the game). Well, notice that e...

Noun Function 4 - Object of Verbal Phrase

Transitive verbs—those that can directly pick up a noun and stick it to a sentence—can appear as phrases, specifically as infinitive phrases (to win the game) or as present-participial phrases (winning the game). Well, notice that e...

Noun Function 5 - Indirect Object

Here’s a function of the noun we skipped over in our general overview above. Look at the following example. Then we’ll discuss the nature of the indirect object.5. Indirect ObjectOnce again, one sentence shows all 10 ...

Noun Function 6 - Object of the Preposition

We’ll learn more about this function in the Grammar.com section on prepositions.  (Click here for the beginning of that discussion.) A preposition has one major role ...

Noun Function 7 - Noun Appositives

Now let’s look at some noun structures that can hang directly on sentences all by themselves without prepositions or verbs. We’ll visit the final four functions:7. Noun Appositives 8. Noun Modifiers 9. Noun Adverbs 10. Noun AbsolutesL...

Noun Function 8 - Noun Modifiers

Nouns often modify other nouns, as in noun modifier or sentence structure. We have thousands of terms where a first ...

Noun Function 9 - Noun Adverbs

Words we think of as nouns often act like adverbs.9. Noun AdverbsOur model sentence shows a noun adverb: The professor, John Smith, is the noun expert, so yesterday he gave th...

Noun functions - What They Do - A Closer Look

Above, we learned about three functions of the noun: subjects, objects, and complements. But nouns perform 10 functions in our language, and good writers take advantage of all of them. When you finish this more detailed discussion, you’ll start playi...

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