When there are several cottages each with several tariffs (depending on the season), should the plural be "cottage tariffs" or "cottages tariffs"?

For context, this is to be a section title on a website renting out the cottages.

An explanation of the grammatical rules would be helpful.


Where a noun is used attributively (that is, as an adjective) as cottage is in "cottage tariff", it is never* pluralised. Adjectives in English are not inflected for number. If you have more than one tariff for your cottages, it's cottage tariffs.

*never is a long time of course; and English is riddled with exceptions. But as a general rule with an infinitesimal number of exceptions, this is fine. It doesn't apply to foreign expressions like beaux arts because adjectives in some other languages are pluralised.

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