Why do some compound nouns end in past participle verb, such as: "I'm going to have a 'grammar written' test"?

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    It would make more sense to say "written grammar test". – BillJ Dec 16 '17 at 14:11
  • I agree with BillJ. There is no compond noun there. There is a noun in attributive position that typically comes immediately before the noun it refers to: grammar test. Any other adjective (a past participle or an adjective proper) will come before that: a written grammar test, a difficult grammar test. – Gustavson Dec 16 '17 at 17:13
  • It's not a compound noun but a syntactic construction, more specifically a noun phrase consisting of "written" + grammar test", where the noun "grammar" modifies "test" to give the nominal "grammar test" which in turn is modified by the adjective "written". Note that "written" is not a verb here but an adjective. – BillJ Dec 17 '17 at 8:11

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