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    woman/women students

    Three years ago, more than two hundred woman students signed a petition to the University, asking that colored girls be barred from the Sage Dormitory. (A Collection of Hu Shih's Unpublished English Essays and Speeches, page 10)


    Is woman students a correct expression?
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    Re: woman/women students

    The word "woman" is used as an adjective from time to time, so yes, it's OK.

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    Re: woman/women students

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The word "woman" is used as an adjective from time to time, so yes, it's OK.
    Is women students also an acceptable expression?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: woman/women students

    Especially since the noun (students) is plural, yes.

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    Re: woman/women students

    I would say "female students". I don't find "woman students" at all natural.
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    Re: woman/women students

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would say "female students". I don't find "woman students" at all natural.
    That's my preference also.

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    Re: woman/women students

    I would use female/women. I would not use woman.

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    Re: woman/women students

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would use female/women. I would not use woman.
    I had a woman doctor. In fact, I remember being asked, "Are you OK with have having a woman doctor?" (Apparently, some people are prejudiced against woman doctors, but they go to medical school the same as the men do.)

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    The TRUTH re: woman vs women students

    Whoever said 'yes' it is correct to say 'woman students' is 100% WRONG. But, it depends on how well, how formally, and how correctly you want to use the language. I teach tradition, formal, proper English usage. Do Not use a noun as an adjective unless you have no choice. Here, we have a choice: Female. The 100% correct usage is 'female students', NOT 'woman students'. If you wish to denote that the female student is a woman, and not a girl, then say 'mature, female students'.

    Is woman students a correct expression?[/QUOTE]

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    Re: The TRUTH re: woman vs women students

    As always, usage rules.

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