I have an issue with how can I distinguish between attributive nouns and compound nouns especially with separated words of compound?
What are the similarities and differences between them?
As you know compound nouns have three types:
- separated words: bus stop, apple tree
- closed or single words: firefly
- hyphenated: dry-cleaning
Some sites says apple tree is an attributive and other says is compound, but I've read in a website that both compound and attributive nouns don't accept s plural to the main word as a general rule and in compound nouns the main word is stressed but in attributive nouns both words is stressed.
Am I right?