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    Caps Lock

    Are these correct? What do they mean?
    1. I need a Capitals Lock key for my keyboard. (Is 'capitals' an adjective? How come this is correct? I thought adjectives didn't take -s or -ed ?)
    2. I need a Capital Lock key for my keyboard.
    3. I need a Cars Lock key for my car. (If this is incorrect, why? #1 is correct?)
    4. I need a Car Lock key for my car.

    Are these correct? What do they mean?
    5. I thought adjectives didn't take -s or -ed ?
    6. I thought adjectives don't take -s or -ed ? (If this is incorrect, why? I hear people use 'don't' all the time?)

    Thanks.
    Last edited by jack; 22-Dec-2004 at 02:56.

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    Re: Caps Lock

    I need a car lock. (1 lock per car)

    We say Caps Lock or Capitals Lock as a short form of Captial Letter- we often use it as a plural, so we keep it in the plural- write the heading in capital letter/in capitals. It is a noun and when placed before Lock, it is a noun functioning as a kind of adjective. These are normally used in the singular, but can be plural if the plural form is the form most commonly used.


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    Re: Caps Lock

    1. Capitals Letters. (This is wrong right?)

    And this is right:
    2. Capitals Lock.
    Because:
    These are normally used in the singular, but can be plural if the plural form is the form most commonly used.
    3. It is a noun functioning as a kind of (determiner) adjective. (How come you didn't use a determiner here? Or does this sentence mean 'adjective' in general? If 'adjective' is in general, is it a non-count noun then? Since you don't have a determiner there?)

    Eg. :
    4. It is a noun functioning as a kind of adjectives.
    5. It is a noun functioning as a kind of an adjectives.
    What do #4 and #5 mean?

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    Re: Caps Lock

    1- yes
    2- yes
    3- adjective is a count noun- but there is no need for a determiner- we don't usually have one after 'a kind of'
    4&5 are wrong
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