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Questions tagged [attributive-nouns]

An attributive noun, also called a noun adjunct, refers to a noun placed before another noun to modify it, like "dog" in "dog catcher" and "dog food", "heart" in "heart surgery", "running" in "running shoes", "employee" in "employee compensation", and "Peter" in "Peter Principle". It is an alternative to a prepositional phrase, like "food for dogs" or "surgery of the heart". You can use a predicate test to distinguish a noun adjunct from an adjective.

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When to use attributive/compound noun versus “noun of noun”?

I often see "the dangers of xyz", but not "xyz dangers". Is this idiomatic? Are these two sentences equivalent in meaning? Noun of noun: "Click here to learn more about the dangers of skydiving" ...
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Attributive nouns vs. of-genitive

I would be very grateful for some advice on how to decide whether to use an attributive noun or the "of genitive" (periphrastic genitive). It seems to me that an attributive noun is generally ...
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Adjective VS Noun as an adjective

I am often confused when it comes to a noun that is often used as an attributive adjective, yet this noun has an adjective form and this adjective form is described as "relating to (the noun)" by any ...
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What grammatical role is “blood” playing in the phrase “blood red”?

"Blood red" can be both a noun and an adjective: Blood red is my favourite colour. [noun] The wall was blood red. [adjective] The "blood" is optional in the sense it can be removed without ...
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“noun of noun” vs. “noun+noun” using proper noun

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 ...
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Attribute to describe about doing something smartly with clear direction [closed]

When I research about wolves, I found that they have a very interesting attribute: they always do things (hunting, "trekking", caring...) with a well-planned & clear direction/strategy and do ...
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What is the difference between rebellion attempt and attempted rebellion? [closed]

I want to understand if there is any difference between "rebellion attempt" and "attempted rebellion". The first is a noun-noun while the second is an adjective noun. I think both are ok, but I do ...
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Where should the apostrophe be placed in “Goats Milk”?

Milk from goats is available in supermarkets. On the shelves of our local store in England, I have found cartons boldly labelled all three of Goats Milk Goat's Milk Goats' Milk Most brands use ...
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Can a noun work as an adjective, and the adjective as a noun?

Hazel Eyes I found the following paragraph in the guycounseling.com blog article “Hazel Eyes: Learn Why People with Greenish Eye Color are Rare!”, containing the two words “hazel eyes”: Hazel eyes ...
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Why are they 'nude photos'? [duplicate]

Recent news events in the US have resulted in many headlines about "nude photos of young women" and variations. Obviously it's the women who are nude, not the photos, so why does this phrasing ...
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how to justify the “rough and tumble” used in this sentence?

Our clothing is designed to take the greater "rough and tumble" that they expect boys to give it. This is clearly an attributive clause. What baffles me is that the "it" used in the end. If " rough ...
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Is '“snapshotting” a correct word? [closed]

For example, as part of the information message of some computer script: Snapshotting the file... Can we write snapshotting instead of taking the snapshot? Is it still correct? I've found an ...
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Is “U.S.” in “U.S.-China trade” a noun or adjective?

In the work I am writing, I am using “United States” for noun and “U.S.” for adjective. I was a bit confused whether the U.S. in the phrase U.S.-China trade is a noun or adjective. I didn’t get ...
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Countable Attributive nouns in plural context

There are a lot of topics about this question. All of them explain the form (plural, singular) of the attributive noun coupled with a main noun in the singular form, for example: ladies room ...
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A and B which, which stands for which?

There are numerous small animals like field mice and voles which you do not see. In the above sentence, how do you determine if which modifies voles or field mice and voles?
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Question on attributive nouns/noun adjuncts

I am writing a review in English and I need to use the structure ‘eye movement changes’, ‘eye movement abnormalities’ with ‘eye movements’ in the form of a noun adjunct. Even in the title I would need ...
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Why is it incorrect to say/write “I want to know today weather” instead of “I want to know today's weather”? [closed]

"'s" indicates possesive case. Although it's absurd to say that "today" owns "weather", possesive case can indicate other relationships too. For example, in "Picasso's paintings" it means "by Picasso" ...
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“Fish and chips shop” or “fish and chip shop”?

When referring to a restaurant specializing in fish and chips would you call it a fish and chip shop or a fish and chips shop?
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What part of speech is the word hair in 'hair spray'? [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence as an example. I used some hair spray. What part of speech is hair? Intuitively, I want to say it's an adjective modifying spray since hair spray is two separate words ...
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Which form should be used for at­tribu­tive nouns like “stu­dent union”: sin­gu­lar or plu­ral, or pos­ses­sive sin­gu­lar or pos­ses­sive plu­ral?

When should a noun that’s used at­tribu­tively to de­scribe an­other noun be plu­ral, and when should it be sin­gu­lar? And when should it be pos­ses­sive, like bak­er’s dozen and when should it be ...
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Adjective of low-toxicity

Is there an adjective for low-toxicity, or can it be used as an adjective itself? It sounds strange to say, for example, materials that are low-toxicity.
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Why do we say “acid rain” and not “acidic rain”?

The term "acid rain" refers to rainwater that are more acidic than regular rainwater. So if acidity is a property of the water, why do we say 'acid' and not 'acidic'?
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Rescue dogs vs rescued dogs

Why is a dog that has been saved from the pound called a rescue dog instead of a rescued dog?
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“Pants-changing” versus “diaper(s)-changing”

Perhaps the same goes for nappy versus nappies. Since when one is changing one of these, there are two involved. But, is the plural more along the lines of pants and shorts? Does anybody out there ...
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What “of” should I replace with Saxon genitives? Avoiding too many “of”

I'm trying to write a short scientific article and ended up with this sentence: Now we show the result of the analysis of the sequences of events with the data from the study. As you can see there ...
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“User accounts” or “users account”

Is it correct to say user accounts or users account when referring to the accounts any user has on a site like this one? In general, in the case of a noun that is used as adjective for the noun that ...
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“English origin person” vs. “Person of English origin”

Is it correct to say: He is an English origin person Rather than: He is a person of English origin I am looking for a short way to differentiate between persons of English origin, as opposed ...
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When are attributive nouns plural?

Sorry for the title, it is not very evident and intuitive but I really do not how to tell it better... Well, you know, several times, or better, many times, we use this form: If I want to say: "...
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What word would work as a better substitute for “Stalker”?

Context I am working on a game and one of the Classes in it is "Rogue". (Original, I know.) I'm trying to find a term that accurately describes and can serve as a name for one of the Subclasses. (...
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What do you call a person who loves to run? [closed]

If we follow the pattern of 'cat lover', is it correct to say 'run lover'? If I use Google translator to Spanish (my mother tongue), 'run lover' sounds more like a shout you'd say to your lover to ...
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Adjective preceding attributive nouns

When an adjective is preceding two nouns, the first one being an attributive noun, does it define the final noun or the attributive noun? For example: Red car keys Are they red keys that open a car, ...
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Should I use the possessive apostrophe or an attribute noun on a business card?

I have designed some stationary items (such as letterhead and business card) for a website/brand (XYZ.Com for instance), and I need help to choose the correct sentence among those below: The ...
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Parking sign apostrophe? [duplicate]

Should there be an apostrophe in the sign "residents parking". A quick Google search suggests there shouldn't. But why not? Is "residents" an adjective?
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Order of Adjectives: “quantitative reverse transcription…” vs. “reverse transcription quantitative…” [duplicate]

This is a general question with no specific sentence in mind. If a string of 2 or 3 attributive adjectives (or attributive nouns?) are used in a sentence, they generally follow a particular order (e.g....
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Do I use the singular or plural form of a noun when describing an attribute of a plural noun? [duplicate]

Take these two sentences for example: This is to compensate for the fluctuating character length in the sentence. vs. This is to compensate for the fluctuating characters length in the sentence....
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“Incur companies multimillion dollar losses”

I am struggling to formulate the following sentence Bad decisions lead to bad results, that would incur companies millions dollars losses. What I want to say is that bad decisions will lead to ...
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Adjective for “wide” space?

I'm trying to translate something from Japanese. The original is talking about a store that is very "wide", i.e., its sideways dimensions are disproportionately long. You could think of it as a place ...
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What determines how 'cursed' (as an attributive adjective) is pronounced?

'Cursed' can be pronouced '/kɜːrst/' or '/ˈkɜːrsɪd/'. As far as I am aware, when used as the past tense of the verb 'to curse' it is always the former ('He stubbed his toe and cursed'). When used as ...
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Should “words” be plural in “The Words Hunters”? [closed]

I'm creating an educational game that teaches English words and I wanted to call it: "The Word Hunter". But there's a famous book named Word Hunters and I don't want to have any copyright problem so I ...
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Are there nouns that undergo no change when used in the possessive (Saxon genitive)?

I’m looking for the existence of English nouns (common or proper) that undergo no change when used in their possessive (Saxon genitive) form, i.e. that do not take the usual ’s appendage the way radio’...
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Functions of adjectives

It was cloudy this morning. The word cloudy in this sentence is for sure an adjective. However, what is its syntactic function? is it an: object complement adjective or a predicate ...
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Can you use “return” with noun adjuncts?

My friend used a phrase "the dark side return" meaning "the return of the dark side". I have a feeling native speakers would never put it that way, but can't articulate my position. Is that true? Can ...
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What does 'back up with' mean? [closed]

The expression comes from the following meme of Stevie Wonder How I feel while backing up with 5% window tint I think it's some kind of insulting the blinds. I don't enjoy those things, but the ...
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'The snap election results' or 'The snap-election results'? [closed]

Which of the two is grammatically correct? The snap election results are in. The snap-election results are in. The sentence should refer to the results of an election that was announced suddenly and ...
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Difference between “higher education level” and “higher educational level”?

I was doing my geography homework when I came across a grammar problem. I don’t know whether to use a noun or an adjective in the blank: This neighbourhood provides a local labour supply with a ...
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A Latin word that is like the word “trinity” but for “five fold” or “five as one”

I read that the word "trinity", a Latin based word, literally translates as "three fold" or more specifically "three as one". That being the case, what Latin based word would I use to express, "five ...
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Usage of double plural

Here we have the plural in the end: "communication technology services" Here we have two plurals(quite common in google): "communications technology services" Eventually, we could have three ...
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Could the attributive noun be plural? [duplicate]

Last year, the United Nations security council adopted four sanctions solutions seeking to deprive North Korea of key sources... I was taught that “attributive noun” can only be in a single form not ...
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Number of genitive object in a nominal compound [duplicate]

Which of the following options is better? Do the two choices reflect any difference in meaning? "Matters regarding comments deletion" or "Matters regarding comment deletion" --Assuming the ...
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“Footsteps Sounds” or “Footstep Sounds”

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 ...