A noun adjunct, also called an attributive noun, is when one noun is used to give an attribute to another noun, like dog catcher, dog food, house sitter, heart surgery, running shoes, employee compensation, and Peter Principle. It is an alternative to a prepositional phrase, like food for dogs or ...

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Scope of a noun adjunct

I have the following sentences: The software is from an enterprise vendor. The software is from a vendor that serves enterprises. The software is from a vendor which serves enterprises. The ...
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Decomposing “fingerprint”

I somehow ended up in a small argument about the first part of the compound word "fingerprint". The other person insists that the first word "finger" is an adjective, which I cannot agree with. ...
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Irregular plurals in noun adjuncts

Several psycholinguists1,2 have observed that English speakers do not use regular plurals in compounds, even when the noun refers to more than one instance (dog-catcher, *dogs-catcher), but do use ...
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Which form should be used for an “adjective noun”: singular, plural, possessive?

When should a noun acting as an adjective be plural, and when should it be singular? And when should it be possessive, like baker's dozen and when should it be plural possessive, like farmers' market? ...
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Is it still an “ice cream cone” if it doesn't have ice cream?

I had a discussion with some friends yesterday about whether the term "ice cream cone" describes: Simply the cone itself or The cone plus the ice cream Upon looking in several online dictionaries, ...
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Is a predicative adjunct part of a noun, or is it part of the sentence?

I just recently learned about predicative adjunct which is present in the following sentence by the "ready to race" adjectival phrase. I wonder whether the phrase that functions as a predicative ...
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Noun adjuncts and modifying phrases

Noun adjuncts are nouns acting like adjectives, such as "animal" in "Animal Farm." And some words, for example, "privileges of rank" is the same as "rank privileges." But I am confused when 'the' is ...
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Are there any rules for genitive case not indicating possesion? [duplicate]

My teacher, a native English speaker, was quite puzzled when I asked this and could not answer this question. Why there is: child seat but children's love //why these are different ...
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Is “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” correct English?

Shakespeare’s play is called A Midsummer Night’s Dream. So is A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream correct English? If not, what would be the correct English?
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Young Surveyors Network or Young Surveyor Network? [duplicate]

I'm a surveyor and we are currently setting up our network. However, there seems to be a disagreement on the proper name of the group. The group is composed of young surveyors under the age of 35, ...
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“A mice problem” vs. “a mouse problem”

My friend said to me one day: "We have a mice problem at UNI". Is "a mice problem" grammatical as opposed to "a mouse problem"?
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Exam day or exam's day? [closed]

What one's correct? I will see you on the exam day I will see you on the exam's day Today is the exam day Today is the exam's day And why?
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Item queue vs items queue? Files list vs File list? [duplicate]

My question is connected with programming. I'm not sure how to name my class. Should it be ItemQueue or ItemsQueue? We are talking about queue, which stores many items. We can add new ones or remove ...
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Origin of plurality of “wars” in phrases like “Star Wars”

There are a number of compounds in English of the form "noun wars," e.g. "Star Wars," "mommy wars," "culture wars." Why do these show "wars" in the plural? It seems like normally "wars" would pertain ...
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Does “the motor speed” mean the speed of the motor? [closed]

I'm an engineer and I often hear others say "the motor speed" when they are talking about the speed of the motor. For example, one might ask "What was the motor speed?" when he or she wants to know ...
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Why do we say a “hotel room” and not a “hotel's room”? [closed]

I would like to know what the rule is to explain why we do not use the genitive construction hotel's room. Instead, we say "a hotel room". Other examples: a hospital bed a bike stand Would ...
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Noun adjuncts, possessive or using “of”

this is my first time on your site. I have been teaching English for longer than I care to mention (native speaker). I am trying to find a way of explaining to some intermediate students why we can ...
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“Reduce the amount of water” vs. “reduce the water amount”

The first "sounds" better to me but I'm trying to figure out if there is a formal rule regarding which one is more proper in American English: reduce the amount of water reduce the water ...
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Where should the apostrophe be placed in “Goats Milk”?

Milk from goats is available in supermarkets. On the shelves of our local store in England, I have found cartons boldly labelled all three of Goats Milk Goat's Milk Goats' Milk Most brands ...
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using noun as adjective; does position matter?

I'm doing some programming and I'm analyzing text written in English. I'm identifying parts of speech and I run into cases where I have something like vacuum cleaner. I, as a human, know that the word ...
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Referring a particular website, should I use the noun adjunct or the genitive/possessive?

I'm wondering if there are any guidelines about using the noun adjunct or the possessive with a website and a company. Should I write: go to the Twitter website or go to Twitter's website? AFAIK ...
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Possessives ( 's ) [duplicate]

I need to know which of these sentences is right ? My room light doesn't work. or My room's light doesn't work.
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Difference between “Education Institute” & “Institute of Education”?

Also, what is this property called? X Y versus Y of X.
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Student Association or Students Association [duplicate]

We are forming a new organization which is going to be named either “Nepalese Students Association” or “Nepalese Student Association”. I am confused on which one is the grammatically correct form? ...
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Possessive s, apostrophe on end or not?

I am writing a project for college about smart phones. Which would you say is correct in a possessive context? Windows Phone's applications or Windows Phone' applications My thoughts say ...
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A word used to describe someone who loves to be photographed

I am trying to figure out if there is a word to describe a person who loves to be photographed.
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Is it ok to omit a possessive apostrophe before a capitalized appellation (President, country name, VP, PM)?

In a recent Financial Times article (Yemen PM Escapes Assissnation), the apostrophe necessary to show possession was left out. I've seen colleagues do it as well. Isn't it supposed to be "Yemen's PM ...
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Which is the correct form: “Parameter set”, “parameters set”, or “parameters' set”?

I have sets of parameters like (1, 2, 3, 5) or (3.14, 2.73, 1.44, 1.73). They are named, but I do not think it makes any difference. Which form is the correct one to call one general case or example ...
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Which is the head noun in “noun adjunct”

Is the head "noun" or "adjunct", and which is the correct plural form? "nouns adjunct", "noun adjuncts", or "nouns adjuncts"? "nouns adjunct" sounds the most correct to my ears.
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Can “Apple” be an adjective? [duplicate]

What role is the word "apple" playing in the sentence "I ate the apple pie." Is apple an adjective? Or are apple and pie treated together as one noun. Is this true of all words used like this? Can ...
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“Car sale” vs “Cars sale”

I have always thought that the latter: Cars sale, is incorrect; yet Google returns almost the same number of results for both! My concern is about Rule extraction and Rules extraction to be precise; ...
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Is it incorrect to refer to a set of things by using the singular form of the objects it contains? [duplicate]

I'm sorry I couldn't word that better, the following example will hopefully clarify: As you can see, the teacher refered to the bank of words as "word bank", as opposed to "words bank". Which one ...
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What are the possible part of speech combinations for compound nouns?

I am currently working through allowable part of speech combinations for the first two words of an English sentence. It seems troubling to me to allow the first two words of a sentence to both be ...
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Can I use the word “hacker” as an adjective?

Can I use the noun hacker as an adjective? For example, can I write or say: It was a hacker trick. so that it means this: It was a trick of a hacker. And can I use It's hacker code. ...
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Using apostrophes correctly

I've read a great article about the usage of apostrophes. But there are still some points that are unclear. Why do we say... school project but not school's project? car service but not car's ...
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“Countries List” or “Country List”? [duplicate]

Duplicate of: “User accounts” or “users account” “Employee list” or “employees list” Should a list of tokens be called a “token list” or a “tokens list” “BookList” or “booksList?” Is it ...
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Are “skill set” and “skill sets” both acceptable?

Are the phrases skill set and skill sets both correct? As I see it, set implies a single set of related skills whereas sets can be taken to mean multiple sets of skills around different ...
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Using the word “deadbeat” as an adjective

BBC quotes President Obama: America is "not a deadbeat nation", US President Barack Obama has said, as he warned Republicans unconditionally to approve a rise in the US debt ceiling. It appears ...
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plural nouns: should I add “s” ending to both nouns? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “User accounts” or “users account” “BookList” or “booksList?” Is it correct to say “lesson count” or “lessons count”? should a list of tokens be called a “token list” ...
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Is this noun used as an adjective?

I read this recently in The Economist: At the end of the summit, the French and European officials had claimed a points victory over the Germans by getting them to agree more firmly to a ...
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A noun adjunct / the possessive case

Sometimes it’s possible to use either a noun adjunct or the possessive case. the shop door the shop’s door However, in certain phrases it’s not OK to do so. the ship’s crew (the ship crew ...
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“Employee list” or “employees list” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide should a list of tokens be called a “token list” or a “tokens list” I know we can use list of employees, but I'd ...
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Thing count or thingS count [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “User accounts” or “users account” Should a list of tokens be called a “token list” or a “tokens list” “BookList” or “booksList?” When there ...
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Why are nouns sometimes pejorative when used attributively?

Certain nouns can often be used as noun adjuncts in place of a corresponding adjective, with no change in literal meaning, where: The noun is not pejorative when used nominatively by itself. Nor is ...
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Nouns of plural form preceding another noun

I was reading Computers, Communications, and Information A User's Introduction (Seventh Edition) by Sarah E. Hutchinson and Stacey C. Sawyer. The authors consistently used such terms as ...
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“feed aggregator” instead of “feeds aggregator” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to say “lesson count” or “lessons count”? I find it odd that the common expression (see Wikipedia for example) is "feed aggregator" ...
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should a list of tokens be called a “token list” or a “tokens list” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “User accounts” or “users account?” I ask because a list of tasks would usually be called a "task list". However a list or previous winners of a ...
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Deriving nouns and adjectives from place names

When describing people we often use adjectives based on their place of origin. (I'm asking about people only for simplicity.) 1) She is American. 2) He is English. 3) They are Canadian. You can ...
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Can the word ‘genius’ be used as an adjective?

Can the word 'genius' be used as an adjective? For example: 'A genius plan' or 'This is a genius piece of work'?
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When can a noun be used attributively?

Nouns can modify nouns: cat food, coffee cup, gold ring, laser surgery, flood insurance. It seems to me there are even cases where a noun sounds better than the corresponding adjective: sociology ...