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    Adjective Plurals

    Hi everyone, I have always been told that adjectives are never be plural in English, but I heard someone describing an exhibition and they said "An everyday objects exhibition". Is this correct, should it not be "An everyday object exhibition" because "object" is being used as an adjective? Or am I wrong?

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    Re: Adjective Plurals

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne59 View Post
    Hi everyone, I have always been told that adjectives [strike]are never be[strike] are never/should never be plural in English, but I heard someone describing an exhibition and they said "An everyday objects exhibition". Is this correct? Should it not be "An everyday object exhibition" because "object" is being used as an adjective? Or am I wrong?

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    In the noun phrase "everyday objects exhibition", "objects" is not an adjective; indeed, the word "object" is not an adjective anywhere. To clarify, "everyday objects" acts as the modifier to the head word "exhibition" and modifiers do not need to be adjectives. Disclaimer: I am not a English teacher, so I make no guarantees about the precise terminology, but the gist is correct.

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    Re: Adjective Plurals

    I agree with Calis. 'An everyday objects exhibition is 'an exhibition of everyday objects'.

    Similarly, you wouldn't call an exhibition of false teeth 'a false tooth exhibition'.

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    Re: Adjective Plurals

    Now I need to study modifiers and find the difference between them and adjective!

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