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I cannot differentiate when I should use a noun like "distribution" as an adjective to another noun, or when should I use an "-ing" participle as an adjective. Could you please clarify the differences in the meaning?

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possible duplicate of "Distribution worker" vs. "distributed worker" –  Kris Feb 20 '13 at 7:48

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One may be a clerk or janitor in Distribution industry, the other may be a runner/courier for a newspaper. One works for distribution industry, the other performs distribution, possibly as one-person-department in another company.

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