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    Singular/Plural + Singular/Plural

    Hello,
    There are plenty of combinations but I think there must be a rule.
    Example:
    A car which is perfectly suitable for a woman is a
    women car
    woman car
    women's car

    etc.

    A guy who always asks questions (as me ) is a
    questionman
    question man
    questions man

    etc.

    And the best thing I've ever read in a game:
    One player said to another:
    That's lame, use "man weapons"!

    I hope you see the problem, I don't know if the first part has to be plural..
    And I don't know if the words must be written together or not.

    Cheers


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    Re: Singular/Plural + Singular/Plural

    A car which is perfectly suitable for a woman is a
    women car
    woman car
    women's car


    Let's quickly move out of the are of sexism - "perfectly suitable for a woman" = but a man, a real man, wouldn't be seen dead it in (reminds me of "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" - and use some different examples:

    a woman's picture = a chick flick = a film that is far more likely to be appreciated (thought of as an enjoyable movie) by a women than men.
    You might equally hear, 'a women's picture', but NOT 'a chicks' flick' - the customary colloquialism is 'chick flick'.
    And the best thing I've ever read in a game:
    One player said to another:
    That's lame. Use "man weapons"!


    'man weapons' = the weapons that a man, a real man, would use, as opposed to sissy weapons.

    Anybody able to offer a 'rule' here?

    (You wouldn't find (2) - with the use of 'question' - in English)

    You would find both, "He's a lady's man" and "He's a ladies' man" = a man who enjoys spending time with, and flirting with, women.

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