1

Dynamics which are typical of (or can be found in) news websites or the life which is typical of schools may thoeretically be described by either possessive constructs such as schools' life or news websites' dynamics, or by the singular noun and adjective school life, news website dynamics. Do both forms have the same meaning? Is one of them better than the other (in general or in particular cases)? My question (unlike this one) is not about firm names, but rather about plural nouns such as "websites", "working places". Should I always use the singular attributive, as in "working place dynamics", "news website dynamics", or "site operators", even while meaning multiple working places or websites?

  • Possible duplicate of Attributive or Possessive noun, though there's a better comparison I can't find. You'd probably use 'school life' normally, but 'the life of the school' if you wanted to sound a little less impersonal. The Saxon genitive could be used to highlight the specific school or websites but would usually look a little odd. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 19 '18 at 8:37
  • Ah, Why do we say "a hotel room" and not "a hotel's room"? is worth looking at. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 19 '18 at 8:45
  • To me it seems obvious and we shouldn't need to read the details. "Singular adjective versus plural possessive" will never be more reasonable than women's knees v men's shoulder-blades. – Robbie Goodwin Apr 21 '18 at 20:43

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.