Good day! Explain it to me please:)

Is is right to say:

Five-storeys houses


Five-storey houses?

Thanks a lot!

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    One plural is enough. "five-storey houses" – Brian Hitchcock Jul 26 '15 at 11:32
  • Let me see if I have an answer in one of my pants pockets. – Jim Reynolds Jul 26 '15 at 12:42
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    BTW, I would not know how to explain you. :) The word after the verb explain without any prepositions is often considered as its object. A more correct sentence to say would be "Explain it to me please." Hope that helps. – M.A.R. Jul 26 '15 at 19:26

Unlike some other languages such as French, English adjectives (and adjective nouns) don't 'agree' with the nouns they describe. Only

five-storey houses

is correct.

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    You might edit to explicitly point out (she's a learner, after all) that there aren't any plural adjective forms in English, so adjectivized nouns don't have a plural form either. – WhatRoughBeast Jul 26 '15 at 13:19
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    What is "arms" in "arms control"? – Jim Reynolds Jul 26 '15 at 15:01
  • That is the exception which proves the rule. English is full of them, unfortunately. But, well noted! – Glorfindel Jul 26 '15 at 16:49
  • Yes: The word "storey" (US: story) cannot be an adjective, nor has it been "adjectivized". If we add a y to fruit, we have adjectivized the noun "fruit". As Khan writes, "storied" is an adjectivized noun. When we use a noun to modify another noun, it's an attributive noun or a noun adjunct. – Jim Reynolds Jul 27 '15 at 2:57

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