A general term for ‘how positive/negative is this result’

I am running a series of tests, each of which has one of several possible results: Negative, Positive, Detected, Not Detected, Equivocal, etc. I need to group these into results which are ‘generally positive’ (Positive, Detected), ‘generally negative’ (Negative, Not Detected) and ‘neutral/other’ (Equivocal and others). For example: In order to collate the results, I … Read more

What category of adjectives is this? i.e. adjectives entirely unlike their nouns

Consider the noun “Jupiter”, either the Roman god or the giant gaseous planet in our Solar System. The adjective is “jovian”, entirely unrelated. Is this a distinct class of adjectives? I suspect there are many more examples. EDIT: Is it possible that “Jupiter” does not have an adjective? “Jupiterian”? In most studies for astrophysics I’ve … Read more

Category for student and education

The term student tends to creep into the category job but being in education is not a job as you aren’t paid for it. banker police officer nurse are all positions in work under the category jobs like undergranduate postgraduate pupil apprentice student are all positions in education but what category are they under? Answer … Read more

Is ‘there’ an adverb or a preposition? (Or something else entirely!?)

Most dictionaries seem to describe ‘there’ as an adverb. Oxford online dictionary definition Is this true? “Last year we went to Paris. We stayed there for three nights.” In sentences like this ‘there’ is taking the place of a preposition and a noun – in this case ‘in Paris’. So why is it referred to … Read more

Can a singular noun be used to represent a category of things in a sentence subject?

Specifically, in following sentences, which ones are correct? Elephants are huge. The elephant is huge. An elephant is huge. Elephant is huge. I think 1 and 2 above are correct, but how about 3 and 4? Can we refer to a specific kind of objects/things in life using a singular noun? Can use sentences like … Read more

Surely *some* wordsmiths must love America[ns]?

People who like/admire English or French (the languages and/or the people and their culture) are easily identified as Anglophiles or Francophiles. I’m not sure there are so many Germanophiles, but that might be because they’re diluted by the presence of Teutophiles. My problem is on the (not ridiculously rare) occasions when I want to express … Read more

Word that categorizes this set of words: {forewords, preface, prologue, chapter, author’s note, etc}

I am looking for a singular word that categorizes this set of words: {forewords, preface, prologue, chapter, author’s note, etc} The best I can come up with right now is Section Heading which is obviously not one word. Answer My copy of Butcher’s Copy-editing simply refers to these as parts. AttributionSource : Link , Question … Read more

A term for “Groceries, toiletries & Conveniences” everyday products

Is there a common term that covers both groceries & conveniences. Products that one would purchase either at supermarkets or corner stores? Is there a venue type that would describe supermarkets, corner stores, bakeries… in one? This word would not necessarily other shopping products like clothes, electronics, medication, furniture. Answer Groceries is the term you … Read more

Do all syllables belong to open syllable or closed syllable?

Is there any other category for a syllable which is neither an open nor closed syllable? Answer English has a rather unusual syllable structure that allows for as many as three leading and five trailing consonants. As a result, there is arguably some ambiguity as to where the articulation point between two syllables falls. However, … Read more