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    Common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns placement

    Is there any strict rule for placing common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns together? For ex. in sentence "armed with antitank equipment and SAM-7 anti-aricraft missiles", does the "SAM-7" must go before "missiles" and the other order will be just plain wrong ( "...and anit-aircraft missiles SAM-7" )? Or, for ex. "Pentium microprocessor was developed in..". Can I say "microprocessor Pentium was developed"?

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    Re: Common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns placement

    Quote Originally Posted by Evgen First View Post
    Is there any strict rule for placing common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns together? For example, in the sentence fragment "armed with antitank equipment and SAM-7 anti-aircraft missiles", does must the "SAM-7" must go before "missiles"? and Is the other order ( "...and anti-aircraft missiles SAM-7" ) will be just plain wrong? ( "...and anit-aircraft missiles SAM-7" )? Or, for ex. Another example is "The Pentium microprocessor was developed in..". Can I say "The microprocessor Pentium was developed ..."?
    Please see my corrections to your post above. In the examples you gave, the original word order is correct. They are "SAM-7 missiles" and "a Pentium microprocessor".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns placement

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In the examples you gave, the original word order is correct.
    Thanks. But I am curious - is there any general rule?

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    Re: Common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns placement

    Well, so far I haven't been able to think of any combination of proper noun/acronym and common noun where the common noun comes first.

    Apple laptop
    Fiesta apples
    Smith & Wesson revolver
    AK-47 machine gun

    Most of the proper noun + common noun combinations are of a brand name + item description.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns placement

    It's a missile. What type? It's anti anti-aircraft missile. Which make/model? It's a SAM-7 anti-aircraft missile.

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    Re: Common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns placement

    Tdol, would you not write "an ​SAM-7 ..."?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Thanks) I am translating a text from Spanish to English. And my native tongue is Russian. So in Spanish word order it will be "missile anit-aircraft SAM-7", and in Russian - "anti-aircraft missile SAM-7". I am a bit disoriented)

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    Re: Common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns placement

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Tdol, would you not write "an ​SAM-7 ..."?
    I wouldn't.

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    Re: Common nouns and acronyms/proper nouns placement

    Interesting. I have always chosen the form of indefinite article based solely on how it would be read out loud. I wouldn't say "a ess-ay-emm seven" aloud. I would say "an ess-ay-emm seven" and therefore would write "an".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    I pronounce it as the name "Sam".

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