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    nouns as adjective

    Question1
    Which is correct for a store that sells electronic devices

    Electronics store
    Electronic store

    store is the noun and the word that comes before the noun should be an adjective, therefore, electronic should be correct?



    Question 2

    nouns become adjectives should be plural right?

    I wrote a 500 -word page(word is not pluralized)

    Is this correct?
    women-and-children walkway
    or
    woman-and-child walkway

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    Re: nouns as adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Question1
    Which is correct for a store that sells electronic devices

    Electronics store
    Electronic store

    store is the noun and the word that comes before the noun should be an adjective, therefore, electronic should be correct?
    No.

    Electronic is an adjective.
    Electronics is a noun, referring to things like televisions, radios, etc.

    A store that sells food is a "food store."
    A store that sells electronics is an "electronics store."
    An "electronic store" would suggest a store which is electronic, rather than a store which contains things that are electronic.

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    Question 2

    nouns become adjectives should be plural right?

    I wrote a 500 -word page(word is not pluralized)

    Is this correct?
    women-and-children walkway
    or
    woman-and-child walkway
    500-word page is not pluralized. The same rule applies to your question, so it should be "woman-and-child walkway."

    Think about some other examples:
    Pet cemetary or pets cemetary?
    Parent-and-toddler session or parents-and-toddlers session?
    Towel rack or towels rack?
    Cat food or cats food?
    Grocery store or groceries store?

    The only time the plural form is used is if you have a noun which doesn't have a singular form, as in your first example:
    Electronics store (there is no singular form of electronics).
    Clothes store (there is no singular form of clothes).

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: nouns as adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Question1
    Which is correct for a store that sells electronic devices

    Electronics store
    Electronic store

    store is the noun and the word that comes before the noun should be an adjective, therefore, electronic should be correct?
    Electronics store is an example of a compound noun, where one noun is followed by one or more other nouns. See:
    compound noun - definition and examples of compound noun

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