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    Default When to use an adjective, a gerund or a noun before a noun?

    Hi there! I am not a teacher, I am kinda an student in English.

    My question is "When to use an adjective, a gerund or a noun before a noun?". Is there a general rule for the usage of these complementing clauses?

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    Default Re: When to use an adjective, a gerund or a noun before a noun?

    Welcome to the forum, vtbreeze.

    You'll have to ask a more specific question. It's not clear what you mean.

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    Default Re: When to use an adjective, a gerund or a noun before a noun?

    Thanks for your welcoming Rover

    May I give you an example. It may sounds not very .... natural but, anyway: What is the correct complementing word to use: educational material, educating material or education material?

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    Default Re: When to use an adjective, a gerund or a noun before a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by vtbreeze View Post
    Thanks for your welcoming Rover

    May I give you an example. It may sounds not very .... natural but, anyway: What is the correct complementing word to use: educational material, educating material or education material?
    "educational material"

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    Default Re: When to use an adjective, a gerund or a noun before a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by vtbreeze View Post
    What is the correct complementing word to use: educational material, educating material or education material?
    Right - now I see what you mean.

    I'm not sure there's a rule about it.

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    Default Re: When to use an adjective, a gerund or a noun before a noun?

    Is there a general rule for the use of those words? Eg: Why "wisdom tooth", not "wise tooth", why "electrical appliances", not "electric appliances"? How about eels? "electric eels" or "electrical eels" ? "Educational activities" or "educating activities"?

    Please!!!
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    Default Re: When to use an adjective, a gerund or a noun before a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by vtbreeze View Post
    Is there a general rule for the use of those words? Eg: Why "wisdom tooth", not "wise tooth", why "electrical appliances", not "electric appliances"? How about eels? "electric eels" or "electrical eels" ? "Educational activities" or "educating activities"?

    Please!!!
    There's no rule that covers such a wide range of applications.

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