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Nouns as modifiers


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In some cases, nouns can modify other nouns. When they do, remember that a modifying noun must be singular and is usually not possessive.



Sample Usage

1. The car radio is one of the best on the market.
not: the cars radio... (or)
the car’s radio...

2. This museum facility specializes in pre-Raphaelite drawings.
not: this museum’s facility (or)
this museums facility

Yet, look at this one...

3. a. The student book is on the table.
A book made for the student, not the teacher, but a general book, not possessed by anyone.

b. The student’s book is on the table.
A book possessed by an individual student.

c. The students’ book is on the table.
A book possessed by a number of students.

Notice that the modifier will not change to agree with a singular or plural noun. It will always be singular, unless the noun-adjective is uniquely possessing the noun.





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