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English definition of “thing”


noun (ACTION)    /θɪŋ/
a/one thing [S] used to talk about a particular action , agreement , etc.: I went by plane , a thing I hardly ever do. One thing you'll have to agree to is working in the evenings .Something, anything, nothing, and everything the ... thing [S] used to make noun phrases with particular adjectives and adverbs : The first thing (to do) is to write your name at the top of the page . Grammar:Thing and stuffGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.Grammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.
(Definition of thing noun (ACTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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