4 Answered Questions for the topic attributive nouns


Can a noun work as an adjective, and the adjective as a noun?

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Attributive Nouns Grammar Adjectives Ethnonyms


We say "U.S. citizen", but why can't we say "China citizen"? Or can we?

Is the word "U.S." an adjective or a noun modifier in this case? It seems to me that it is an adjective that goes before citizen, because we say "Russian citizen", "Chinese citizen", etc. But if... more
Attributive Nouns Grammar Adjectives Word Choice


Why do we say “Japan earthquake” and not “Japanese earthquake”?

Isn’t earthquake a noun and the preceding word an adjective? Isn’t “Japanese” the adjectival form of “Japan”?
Attributive Nouns Grammar Apostrophe Orthography


Is there an apostrophe in a master's degree?

The question asks it all really. When referring to a master's degree, do you use an apostrophe or not? That is, is it "a master's" or "a masters"?

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