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What would be the correct way of saying "X is the next generation of Hockey stand"?

Some possibilities I thought of:

"X is the next generation Hockey stand"
"X is the next generation of Hockey stands"

  • Both can be grammatical. – Lawrence Sep 22 '18 at 15:05
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Both are fine, provided you hyphenate next generation in the first one:

[1] X is the next-generation Hockey stand.

On the other hand,

[2] X is the next generation of Hockey stand

is not fine.

Discussion

1. The complement of the preposition of

In the construction

the next generation of Y

Y is normally either a plural count noun (the next generation of leaders) or an uncount noun (the next generation of research). Singular count nouns are possible, but are much more rare and, as best as I can tell, they are always marked as indefinite by a/an (use this equipment to introduce the next generation of a product that complements an existing product line; anatomic structures necessary for the birth of the next generation of a given species). So, the next generation of a hockey stand is possible if there are are several lines of hockey stands, i.e. several models of hockey stands, and we are discussing the next generation of any of those models.

But I don't think it is acceptable for Y to be a bare (i.e. one with no article in front of it) singular count noun phrase, which is the case in [2].

2. Hyphenation

If a noun (or a compound noun such as hockey stand) is modified by an adjective+noun combination that appears before it, we need to put a hyphen between the adjective and the noun (see e.g. p. 3 here):

small-state senators
a high-quality alkylate
a middle-class neighborhood

However, if the adjective+noun combination appears after the noun, then we leave it open:

the neighborhood is middle class

3. Capitalization

I am not clear on what a Hockey stand is, and so am unsure if it really needs to be capitalized. However, unless it is some sort of a brand name, or if Hockey is a person's name, then it probably should not be capitalized.

  • The original "X is the next-generation of hockey stand" is not correct, right? – user42984 Sep 22 '18 at 15:34
  • That's right. There's no justification for the hyphen there. – linguisticturn Sep 22 '18 at 15:35
  • I meant the "of". so is "X is the next generation of hockey stand" correct? – user42984 Sep 22 '18 at 15:38
  • Oh yeah, I missed that. Right. In the construction the next generation of Y, Y is normally either a plural count noun (the next generation of leaders) or an uncount noun (the next generation of research). Singular count nouns are possible, but are much more rare and, as best as I can tell, they are always marked as indefinite by a/an (use this equipment to introduce the next generation of a product that complements an existing product line; anatomic structures necessary for the birth of the next generation of a given species). – linguisticturn Sep 22 '18 at 16:41
  • The next generation of a hockey stand is possible if there are are several lines of hockey stands, i.e. several models of hockey stands, and we are discussing the next generation of any of those models. – linguisticturn Sep 22 '18 at 16:44

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