I know that this topic was already debated several times. I searched in this site too before but I think this question is different.

Can I say, for example of course, " Canada beauty" instead of saying "canadian beauty" in case I want to emphasize the beauty of the country?

I know that I could say "beauty of Canada" but "Canada beauty" has two keywords and those are important when I want to buy a web domain, which should be easy to write, of course, and the preposition "of" doesn't help much.

So even if I know that "Canada" is a proper noun and I should use the adjective "canadian" in this case, I also think that if I want to emphasize the country I can use this proper noun as a pre-modifier of a noun, so i can buy a domain, for example, www.canadabeauty.net

That's what I think BUT I'm not sure.

Am I right?

  • 1
    When brevity is a top priority, such as with domain names, a lot of grammatical rules go out the window. This is similar to the situation with headlines. BTW There's also "Canada's Beauty" – Spencer Sep 2 at 10:52
  • You say what you like in a business name or domain name. It's common to be ungrammatical and even use wrong spellings in brand names. It's certainly commoner to use the adjectival form if it exists (here, Canadian). But if you look at business names you'll find plenty which use the noun (Singapore Airlines, Brittany Ferries, Glasgow Life, ...). – Stuart F Sep 2 at 10:54
  • If I understand well, you both mean that it's incorrect but for business or domain names it could be ok but then in the site title I should use the correct form, right? However, I see a lot of usage of this form, it seems people start to use this way even if uncorrect – Gaetano Sep 2 at 11:17
  • You still put the adjective in uppercase: Canadian beauty. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Sep 2 at 14:45

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.