Questions tagged [compound-nouns]

Compound nouns - nouns that consist of two parts such as seawater or freshwater.

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Can I join an arbitrary number of nouns to make them act like adjectives?

I always thought that I can join as many nouns as I want together and in fact make all of them play the role of adjectives except the last one. But the other day I was told that there is no such rule. ...
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Hyphen VS Apostrophe in temporal expressions

I know that it is "six years' experience", and I know that it is "six-minute video". my question is, can I replace the previous structures with "six-year experience" and &...
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Use of 'all' with nouns in adjective phrases

Which one of the following is correct and why? It is an all boy team. It is an all boys team.
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Why is “Dunerider” 4 syllables instead of 3 syllables?

According to https://www.howmanysyllables.com/, “dune” and “rider” are 1 syllable and 2 syllables respectively, but “Dunerider” is 4 syllables. I don't understand. The first word of a close compound ...
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What is the difference between 'couriers tasks' and 'courier tasks'?

What is the difference between 'couriers tasks' and 'courier tasks'? And could anybody say a topic where I can research this question? The second is a compound noun but the first...
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“I'm looking for a shop with clothes”

Can we say I'm looking for a shop with clothes For me it's not clear. It indicates that we are with these clothes, like with a friend? Should be I'm looking for a clothes shop. I've done some ...
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man's/woman's bathroom or a bathroom for men/women?

If I'm in a place where is only a bathroom for the opposite gender and I want to ask if there is a bathroom for people of my gender should I say: Do you know if there is a man's/woman's bathroom ...
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When do I hyphenate compound nouns used as adjectives?

For example, is the correct phrase English-language journals or English language journals?
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Preference of separate clauses over complex noun phrases in formal writing?

Both in my native tongue (Hungarian) and in my originally first foreign language (German) it is common in formal texts to use complex noun phrases instead of multiple separate clauses. At least this ...
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Adding “goer” at the end of a word?

Is it possible to add "goers" at the end of any word (words indicating a place)? I know there exists the words like: restaurant-goers, church-goers, etc. but I'm not sure about the other words such as ...
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Is it photo card or photocard?

I saw both of them in websites. But in my IELTS exam they have written 'photo card' as the answer. I couldn't find it in Oxford and Longman dictionaries. It was 'photocard' in Collins dictionary. So ...
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“Door design” or “doors design” or “door designs”?

I have trouble with compound nouns plural. What would be appropriate to write ? Animals set as door design. or Animals set as doors design. or Animals set as door designs. Context would be ...
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Image directory or Images directory? (Pluralizing of attributive nouns)

(The original title of this question was "Image directory or Images directory?" I changed it later.) As I know, we say car park train station bookshelf I.e. the words "park", "station", "shelf" are ...
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How to pluralize 2 words

I have an organisation which has several branches. Now I have a list of all these branch names. How can I call this list? Branches name list? or Branch Names list? or Branches Names list? What is ...
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Is this phrase-adjective grammatically correct?

Is this phrase-adjective grammatically correct? This push-onto-the-core network sends packet onto its core and then the core sends it to the destination after reading the packets. This is ...
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“Noun1+Preposition+Noun2” VS. “Noun2+Noun1”

If i want to write sentences such as the following ones, 1 Some people value the beliefs in respect. 2)The president gave him an approval to the policy. 3) there is a demand for water in some poor ...
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Does “determination condition ” make sense?

I am trying to explain a flow chart. In step 1, a determination is made whether the temperature is above 10 degree Celsius. If the determination condition is met, the process proceeds to step 2 ...
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'grade four' or 'fourth grade' — which is grammatical and formal?

I just came across the following sentence; How many grade four kanji have you memorised? Is that formal? Should there better be a hyphen like 'grade-four'?
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Arithmetic expressions in words

Consider the following sentences, which I know are correct, as example; Two multiplied by two gives four. OR Two times two gives four. OR Two by two gives four. Two divided by two is one. Q1: ...
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“gerund + and/while + gerund + is”; which is more common, 'and' or 'while'?

Drinking and driving is dangerous.[1] Texting and driving is dangerous.[2] Yes, texting while driving is criminal.[2] Both styles are common, are both grammatical too? And which is more ...
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MINE (noun) used in a compound noun such as 'mine-captain' & 'mine-worker' [closed]

Mine is widely used as a possessive-pronoun, it is also used as a noun and a verb. There can be a compound noun like gold-mine containing 'mine'; there could also be compound nouns which start with '...
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Possessive with Two Nouns

Chicago (edit: The Chicago Manual of Style) says that when two nouns “possess” the same entity, only the second takes an apostrophe (‘): my aunt and uncle’s house Gilbert and Sullivan’s ...
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Why “pensions products”?

The Cambridge Dictionary has a sentence: They can cross-sell to the bank's existing customers and introduce life insurance and pensions products. Pension, though a count noun, here functions as an ...
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The difference between Compound and attributive nouns

I was told in some websites the the difference between attributive nouns nouns and compound nouns is by looking in any dictionary if there is two noun "like: Cricket ball / apple pie" in a dictionary ...
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Is the phrase “dog clash” understood as “clash between dogs”

There is a well known game called "Clash of Clans", and its title's meaning is obvious, while "Clan Clash" may mean "Clash within Clan" (or just does sound naturally perhaps?), and "Clans Clash" is ...
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using coward vs. cowardly in a sentence

He was a coward xyz soldier. He was a cowardly xyz soldier. here xyz is the adj. 'of a particular country'.. which of the two is correct and why? In addition to the question above.. can't a ...
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Compound nouns ending in past participle verb

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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Is there any difference between “robot model” and “model robot”?

Is there any difference between "robot model" and "model robot"? For example: The engineer taught me how to make a model robot. The engineer taught me how to make a robot model. And which ...
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Error Correction: The board of directors want all possible facilities and allowances for itself

The board of directors want all possible facilities and allowances for itself. Which is the correct way to correct the above sentence ? Should I replace itself with themselves or replace want with ...
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“Oxford dictionary” or “the dictionary of Oxford”

I've done some Google search to know if people mostly use Oxford dictionary or the dictionary of Oxford. As I've understood almost everyone uses the first pattern. I know native English speakers say, ...
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“What-is-it” plural with 's'

I know that compound nouns can be made up of two or more words and linked using a hyphen. My 3-year-old apple-pie (boy) always asks me "What is it?" and sometimes "What is this/that?" and it's really ...
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Is there any difference between “time line” and “timeline”?

Whenever I type "timeline," without a space, it gets red squiggly line. But when I search to Google, the word actually exists. Is there any difference? And please give some other compound words that ...
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Noun vs. adjective as a modifier? “molecule structure” vs. “molecular structure”

I cannot tell the difference regarding definition between compound nouns and nouns preceded by an adjective. For example: River pollution is a serious environmental issue. River pollution is a ...
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“promising result” and “washing machine”- compound nouns or adjectives?

How we differentiate between compound noun and adjective? in the following examples I couldn't identify them. promising result(s) washing machine. Note: I know "washing machine" is ...
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A Case of Hyphenation

Is there a rule to explain why (in most dictionaries) words such as half-brother or half-sister are hyphenated while stepbrother or stepsister are not?
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What is understood if I say “I'm an English teacher”?

What is understood if I say "I'm an English teacher"? "I teach English", or "I'm a teacher coming from England"?
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What is the meaning of “remember doing something”?

Here are some sentences; the third one and the fourth one really confuse me I remember to make cheese. (I remember this thing, I will do it later) I remember making cheese. (I have made some cheese, ...
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Can I be sure about the correctness of the compound nouns that I create?

This is from Anne Hathaway's Facebook page (I saw it today): "What else can I say about the movie that changed my life? Thank you The Devil Wears Prada and happy 10 year anniversary!! (don't let ...
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Can you tell me about the use of the hyphen and apostrophe in these sentences?

Virat-ton brings the team to the semifinals. Potato prices have risen up sharply. The first sentences could say Virat's ton and similarly Potato's prices. Another example: Potato-peels taste ...
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single-sex vs. single sex

Some countries have single-sex education models, while in others both single sex and mixed schools co-exist and it is up to the parents or the children to decide which model is preferable. This is a ...
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Closed compound nouns constructed from more than two words?

Some nouns are constructed from two words joint together, as in 'football', 'playground', 'gatekeeper'. These are sometimes labeled closed compound or solid compound nouns (Wiktionary, Oxford ...
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What is “preference data”? [closed]

Source: Using SQLite by Jay A. Kreibich (2010) Example: Perhaps most importantly, computer users have grown to expect that a document, project, or other “unit of application data” is stored as a ...
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Why is 'workaround' written as one word?

A colleague was making a presentation, and the spell check indicated that workaround is written as one word. I don't understand why, as I understood that English does not merge words like Dutch (my ...
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Why is oak considered an adjective in 'the big oak tree'?

I have been reading grammar instructions on this website. When I came across the bottom of the page, there was a quiz. In the quiz it was noted that the word oak in the following sentence is an ...
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Can I say “ a was-winning situation”?

I wanted to say: it is a hard feeling to stalemate at a winning situation and since stalemate is not a winning so I wanted to use "a was-winning" to indicate that it was winning before it became ...
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Power plant systems: feedwater line or feed water line

How do I have to write feed water line or feed water preheater? "feedwater" as a single word or as two words "feed water"? I have seen both versions in scientific publications.
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Two word compounds ( type file or file type )

I'm looking for the rule for compound nouns. Do I say: phone number or number phone file type or type file bag school or school bag
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How to say “water of sea”?

A: Seawater is water from a sea or an ocean. B: seawater is water of sea or ocean C: the water of sea or ocean. Although I know C is not a sentence, in fact I am wondering if the concept of A and B ...