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    Plural forms of compound nouns

    Hello! I'd like to know how to form plural forms of compound nouns, such as passer-by, editor-in-chief, etc. Why do we say passers-by, but grown-ups? Thank you.


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    Re: Plural forms of compound nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello! I'd like to know how to form plural forms of compound nouns, such as passer-by, editor-in-chief, etc. Why do we say passers-by, but grown-ups? Thank you.
    In both passer-by and editor-in-chief, the word that can pluralized is a noun, whereas in grown-up the words are an adjective and an adverb.

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