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What's your Islam question? Be specific.

Is that sentence grammatically correct? Islam being a noun.

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Would you object to "What's your algebra question?" –  GEdgar Dec 12 '13 at 19:23
@GEdgar Yes, I would. Until it's clarified why it can be. –  Bleeding Fingers Dec 12 '13 at 19:26
I agree with zombie, it is grammatical. –  GEdgar Dec 12 '13 at 19:29

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Yes. Nouns function as adjectives all the time in English - this actually distinguishes English from many Romance languages.

"I have a marriage problem."
"He's a football player."
or even "Try this new dessert - it's like a donut croissant."

In Spanish, you could not say "What's your Islam question?", but rather you would have to say "What's your question about Islam?". In Latin, the word "Islam" would be in what's called the Genitive case to mark it as functioning like an adjective.

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Or, if you like, "nouns function attributively all the time in English". –  snailboat Dec 12 '13 at 19:33
Meaning "very often". –  Edwin Ashworth Dec 12 '13 at 19:53

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