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Is it correct to say user accounts or users account when referring to the accounts any user has on a site like this one?

In general, in the case of a noun that is used as adjective for the noun that follows, is it better to use <plural-noun> <singular-noun> or <singular-noun> <plural-noun>?

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<singular-noun> <plural-noun>

is the way to go.

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Use user account for one account and user accounts for many accounts.

This is a compound noun with account modified by user. In such cases, we use the singular form of the first noun. Other examples are car keys and house windows.

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oeh... this is singular, there's missing an s. –  Em1 Jun 25 '12 at 8:21

You seem to have answered you own question.

"... when referring to the accounts any user has on a ..."

One user. Multiple accounts. "User accounts". "Users Account," while not meaning anything at all, sounds like multiple users are using one acocunt--or like "Brothers Grimm..." but that doesn't work in the same way...

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User's Account, refers to the "the users" account, which is singular. –  Anonymous Type Feb 20 '11 at 22:16

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