For example, there are biological science and scientific news. Can I say it 'biologically scientific news'?

In this context, 'biological' means 'relating to biology,' and 'scientific' means 'relating to science.'


Short answer, no.

There are situations where you can put an adverb, adjective and noun together, for example "statistically significant data".

Biological science, however, is a compound noun, made up of an adjective and a noun. You can't just convert each of the parts to something else, and expect it to be a "compound adjective" or whatever.

Fortunately, there is no limit to the number of words in a compound noun, so it's perfectly OK to just tack another noun on the end. In this case, you get "biological science news".

  • When would 'biological science news" be preferable to 'biology news'? – Michael Harvey Feb 1 at 12:16
  • "Biological science" a compound noun? – BillJ Feb 1 at 14:06
  • @MichaelHarvey that's a good question. I thought about it for a while, and considered changing it to political science, which is clearly different to politics. In fact, biological science is not a tautology. biology (bio + logy) s the study of living things, and science is "knowledge from the careful study of...." so biological science is knowledge from the study of biological things. – JavaLatte Feb 1 at 23:53
  • @BillJ Yes. A simple adverb+noun is commutative- you can change the structure without changing the meaning. " I am eating a green apple" -> "I am eating an apple that is green". A compound noun is not commutative "I am studying political science" does not mean the same as "I am studying science that is political". – JavaLatte Feb 2 at 2:40
  • In for example, "I'm interested in biological science", it's not a compound word, but a syntactic construction consisting of modifier+head. Compounds are different; they consist of two bases, cf. "green house" vs "greenhouse". – BillJ Feb 2 at 7:24

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