This sentence was taken from a BBC article:

"England knocked out by late Romania flurry."

Is this association of words grammatical? Also, are there any more cases in which proper nouns combine with common nouns?

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If you mean this


it's a page title, which is similar to a newspaper headline and is not required to be a grammatical sentence.

Country names are often combined with other nouns; in the above it indicates that England and Romania are the national teams of those countries.

England knocked out by America means the England and USA national teams.

English knocked out by Americans could mean Durham Codgers FC lost to Detroit Geriatrics FC.

  • "Durham Codgers FC lost to Detroit Geriatrics FC" - Never! Mar 25, 2020 at 19:38
  • So, is the construction Romania flurry grammatical or not?
    – Rare
    Mar 26, 2020 at 16:35
  • It is - in that context - correct standard English.
    – Owain
    Mar 26, 2020 at 19:54

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