I have a friend who wants to title his thesis "Footsteps Sounds". I don't think this sounds right but I can't explain why. To me it should be "Footstep Sounds".

Are both correct with different meanings? If not, why is one wrong and the the other right?

  • Unless he’s a foley artist I’m having trouble envisioning a thesis entitled “Footstep sounds” – Jim Apr 20 '17 at 3:02
  • Would you use icecreams flavors or icecream flavors? – Davo Apr 20 '17 at 3:10
  • @Davo I would use ice cream flavours... But I still can't explain why the other is wrong – Aimee Jones Apr 22 '17 at 1:01
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    both are plural, which is incorrect. "Footstep Sounds" would be more grammatically correct. However, not sure of your meaning, but "footsteps" also implies the sounds of a footstep if you use the verb associating with sound, such as "hearing footsteps". – Mike Dec 17 '17 at 22:56

The correct answer is "Footstep Sounds." The sentence can not have a double positive.

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    What's a double positive? Why can't it have one, whatever it is? Do you mean that plural nouns cannot be used attributively on other plural nouns? – tchrist Dec 17 '17 at 23:00

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