After a series of noun adjuncts (attributive nouns), do we use the singular or plural form of the common final noun?


  1. The bank lends to companies in power, steel, and textile industry.
  2. The bank lends to companies in power, steel, and textile industries.
  • There have been a couple of downvotes. I'd appreciate if you add the reason when you downvote.
    – ba_ul
    Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 17:17

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Same as if you were to talk about the tall and short people, the three industries mentioned are separate entities.

  • I'd often use singular there: Clothes for the short man and the tall man. And adding the article seems necessary in OP also. The problem then is (when OP is not around to specify) whether to treat 'power' and 'steel' as stand-alone nouns or listed premodifiers ('the' before 'textile industry', or before 'power' with 'industries'?). Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 16:13
  • True, the tall man and the short man does work. However, OP was asking about clothes for the tall and short man/men (only 1 noun), and one man cannot be both tall and short. Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 1:38

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