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    EverLivingPoet is offline Banned
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    Arrow NEVER-FAILS-STRATEGY

    What is the difference between a "never-fails strategy" and a "never-fail strategy"?

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    Default Re: NEVER-FAILS-STRATEGY

    I don't think there is any difference in meaning. "Never-fail" is the expression I am familiar with.

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    Default Re: NEVER-FAILS-STRATEGY

    Are there rules for premodification of nouns using verb phrases? Could it be that for a strategy that never fails, I should call it a "never-fails strategy", due to third-person rules?

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    Default Re: NEVER-FAILS-STRATEGY

    I would call it a "never-fail strategy."

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    Default Re: NEVER-FAILS-STRATEGY

    But what is the function of the phrase in the sentence? It's not simply a third person singular verb any longer, so why should it behave like one?

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