When talking about a woman (or even man) who makes a lot of tasks at the same time, what's more appropriate or more common between the following sentences?

You are multi-tasked woman.

You are multitasking woman.

Google shows more than 50K results for multitasking woman, and a few hundreds results for multi-tasked. I wonder how a noun could be used as an adjective.

  • On the NOW Corpus, I find just 44 sentences using multi-tasked; in most cases, it is used as verb. There is also He is a multi-tasked and multi-talented individual. though. I am not sure it means the same as He is a multi-tasking and multi-talented individual.
    – apaderno
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 12:03
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    As for using nouns as attributive, that is common enough in English. Think of school bus, family house, etc.
    – apaderno
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 12:06
  • Both could be OK, but one would sound like the woman herself is a multi-tasker (i.e., multitasking) herself and the other would sound like she is made to be multi-tasked because of extenuating circumstances (i.e., multitasked). Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 11:10
  • I would be careful about the phrase "makes a lot of tasks at the same time" - I suspect you mean that she works on or completes a lot of tasks as the same time, which is different to "making" (or creating) those tasks.
    – 3N1GM4
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 13:00

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To me, there is a subtle difference in meaning here:

You are multi-tasked woman.

This states that the woman often/always has multiple tasks simultaneously assigned to her for completion, whether or not she is capable of doing so, whereas:

You are multitasking woman.

is a statement that the woman in question is currently in the act of completing multiple tasks at once, which carries some implication that she is capable of doing so. Furthermore, this may have been intended as:

You are [a] multitasking woman.

which would imply to me that the woman in question is seen to have some tangible capability to handle multiple tasks at once.

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