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    Dear teachers,
    Would you please tell me how to analyse these phrases?

    a) a sell-by date
    b) the / a (?) best-by date
    c) the / an expiry date

    Are "sell-by / best-by / expiry" kind of adjectives?
    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    They must be, as they modify the noun date. I don't particularly like this construction (a & b), Hela, but it is certainly common in commercial English. (Expiry is simply a noun used adjectivally, of course.)

    I presume you can figure out the expanded ellipsis: e.g. 'the date [which we must] sell [the product] by'.
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    Thank you very much for your explanation, Mr Micawber

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