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as in:  The phenomenon was observed...

It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
  something that exists — especially something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
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phenomenon phenomena phenomenons
"Phenomenons" and "phenomena" are both appropriate plural forms of this noun. "Phenomena" should be used in scientific or philosophical contexts.  "Phenomenons" is only appropriate outside of those contexts.
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  • It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
  • The phenomenon was predicted by Einstein.
  • The phenomenon was first noticed by...
  • [T]here are, among other natural curiosities, two unusual formations of land. Twenty miles from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay.... They are not perfect ovals..., they are both crushed flat at the contact end.... [A] more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size. I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • The concept of unity, in which positive and negative are attributes of the same force, in which good and evil are relative, ever-changing, and always joined to the same phenomenon—such a concept is still reserved to the physical sciences and to the few who have grasped the history of ideas.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Some readers will find the story unreal and disturbing, but child abuse is a disturbing phenomenon that is a reality in our society.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • The phenomenon has most reliably been reported in times of crisis or in stress situations,
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • The dryness and dullness through which your patient is now going are not, as you fondly suppose, your workmanship; they are merely a natural phenomenon which will do us no good unless you make a good use of it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • All down the ages there have been countless reports of strange phenomena-poltergeists, telepathy, precognition-which you had named but never explained.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • ...the luminous state of the atmosphere ... was a phenomenon upon the duration of which we could calculate with certainty.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Associated words [difficulty]:   phenomenon [2]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Philosophy, Engineering, Science, Human Behavior
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