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    tangelatm is offline Junior Member
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    Hi!
    1. I came across the following: “When conversing with women, men will remove their hat.”
    a. Is ”hat” correct here, or should it be replaced with “hats”?
    b. What would the equivalent sentence in the singular sound: ”When conversing with a woman, a man will remove his hat”?
    2. I found the following combinations: “solar-powered”, “human-powered”, “nuclear-powered”, and “electric-powered”, “oar-powered”. I also found “electricity-powered”. Which of these forms are correct?
    What rule, if any, should I apply : adjective+powered, or noun+powered ?
    3. Which of the following is to be found in British English:”car-rental station” or “car-hire company”?
    4. Is the comma OK in : “On moving out, they threw a huge all-night party.”?
    Thank you so much,
    Angela

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    4. Is the comma OK in : “On moving out, they threw a huge all-night party.”?
    Yes, I think it is. "On moving out," is a participial phrase.

    Much like in:

    "Sniffing the fresh air, Jim realized he had found paradise."

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangelatm View Post
    Hi!
    1. I came across the following: “When conversing with women, men will remove their hat.”
    a. Is ”hat” correct here, or should it be replaced with “hats”?
    b. What would the equivalent sentence in the singular sound: ”When conversing with a woman, a man will remove his hat”? The plural is correct,. but the single form is very common.

    2. I found the following combinations: “solar-powered”, “human-powered”, “nuclear-powered”, and “electric-powered”, “oar-powered”. I also found “electricity-powered”. Which of these forms are correct? All are correct - depending on their context.
    What rule, if any, should I apply : adjective+powered, or noun+powered ?
    I don't think there is a rule as such. Sometimes it is better to reword the sentence than to use compound phrases of this kind - "xxxx, powered by electricity," "boat, driven by oar,"

    3. Which of the following is to be found in British English:”car-rental station” or “car-hire company”? "Car-hire company"

    4. Is the comma OK in : “On moving out, they threw a huge all-night party.”? Yes

    Thank you so much,
    Angela
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    Hello, Angela.

    I see the following patterns:

    [1] If the noun is modified by an adjective, then use it:

    powered by nuclear reactor => nuclear powered
    powered by electric circuits => electric powered


    [2] If the noun isn't modified by an adjective, find its adjectival form:

    powered by the sun => solar powered
    powered by humans => human powered
    powered by oars => oar powered

    [3] If the adjectival form of the noun admits ambiguity, use the noun:

    powered by electricity => electricity powered
    Cf. powered by electricity => electric powered => electric circuits or pure electricity?

    [4] Try the patterns out on more nouns. Does it work?

    All the best.

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