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    Hotel manager vs. Manager of the hotel

    Hello,

    I hope you can help me with this inquiry: I've seen that you can either use the expression "Hotel manager" and "Manager of the hotel" as well, but which is the difference between those two, if any? I've chosen just an example because I see this situation may apply to some other examples and I cannot figure out how to decide for one or the other.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Julia

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    Both are correct. But I think that in many if not most contexts "hotel manager" is more common and more natural.

    The use of nouns as substantive adjectives is extremely common in English. You should study and learn such forms. Here are some random examples:

    cricket umpire
    first base coach
    chicken soup
    dog vomit (a popular and delicious roadside snack in India)
    curve ball
    string theory (for all you scientists out there)
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    Re: Hotel manager vs. Manager of the hotel

    I agree with Probus's information except for the name. A "substantive adjective" is one that is used in place of the noun it usually describes. "We need to protect the old (people) and the weak (people)."

    Probus's examples are "attributive nouns", those used as adjectives to modify other nouns.

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    Re: Hotel manager vs. Manager of the hotel

    Thank you both for your answers.

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    Re: Hotel manager vs. Manager of the hotel

    Your appreciation is welcome, juliaines, but there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question. It saves your time and ours.

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