I need to write a title of a section that is a list of deals. The title could be "List of deals" but I prefer a more concise form. Since there are usually a lot of deals in the list is it correct to use a title like "Deals list" or should I write "Deal list"?

  • A good way to decide this kind of question is to plug some other words in and see how they sound: address list or addresses list, car list or cars list? – Mick Oct 13 '16 at 6:43
  • Deal list. In his case it is used as an adjective so you don't use the plural form. – user5267 Oct 13 '16 at 6:44
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    @AbsoluteBeginner thank you, it should be an answer. Anyway I don't understand how can it be an adjective since I can change it to "List of deals". An adjective like "red" can never be re-phrased as "List of red" – Naigel Oct 13 '16 at 6:50
  • See also ell.stackexchange.com/questions/57751/… – Alan Carmack Oct 13 '16 at 18:28

Noun as Adjective:

  • Sometimes in the English language, a noun is used to describe another noun; in other words, the first noun performs the function of an adjective. Look at the following examples:

    • Basketball coach– here the noun basketball is being used to describe the noun coach

    • Garment shop– here the noun garment is being used to describe the noun shop

    • Painting exhibition– here the noun painting is being used to describe the noun exhibition.

    In all the above examples, the first noun acts as an adjective.

  • In general, like adjectives, nouns being used as adjectives are used in the singular form, although in the case of certain words, like clothes, customs, sports, etc, an exception is made. For example:

    • Bathroom or bathrooms, and not bathsroom or bathsrooms

    • Badminton racket or badminton rackets, and not badmintons racket or badmintons rackets.


  • In your case, you would use the singular form, that is "deal list".
  • thank you for the reported explanation, I've always had trouble understanding this singular-plural thing because my native language always use a form similar to "list of deals", hence no nouns used as adjective in that way. – Naigel Oct 13 '16 at 6:58
  • +1 but you should cite your sources, posting a link is not enough. – Mari-Lou A Oct 14 '16 at 16:05

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