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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 6:50
  • See also ell.stackexchange.com/questions/57751/… Oct 13, 2016 at 18:28

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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, 2016 at 6:58
  • +1 but you should cite your sources, posting a link is not enough.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 14, 2016 at 16:05
  • Great explaination. Is parts list an exception of this rule? Because I did hardly find part list anywhere, but parts list almost everywhere. I have on the same sheet an pipe list table and found it strange to have one list with s and another one without. Jun 15, 2020 at 11:12

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