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    noun adjective

    Please comment on the correct usage of noun adjectives. Here are some examples:

    Example 1: which of these is correct from a grammar standpoint? Or are they all correct but with different connotations?

    a) commodity market
    b) commodities market
    c) commodity's market
    d) commodities' market

    Example 2:

    a) requirement document
    b) requirements document
    c) requirements' document

    Example 3:

    a) farmers' market
    b) farmers market
    c) farmer market

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    Re: noun adjective

    1. The standard expression is commodities market: convention of usage determines in this case that the the plural noun serves as attributive modifier.

    2. I would say that none of these expressions has any kind of standard currency, but if you required a phrase to denote a document that lists certain requirements, then it would naturally be termed a requirements document (structure as above).

    3. Farmers' market: the plural possessive-case noun (on account of the human referent in this case) would most naturally serve in this case.


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    Re: noun adjective

    I would like to ask for the correctness of a few more examples.
    From what I understand they should be fine, still I'd like a confirmation.

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    If the two examples above are correct then these ones, following the same idea, should be too, right?

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    By the way, what's the correct definition for this "aspect" of the English language?
    Maybe "nouns used as attributive modifiers"?
    Do you know of any grammar book that explicitly treats this topic?

    Thanks!

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    Re: noun adjective

    Your examples here strike me as acceptable. However, as stated, the acceptability is generally fixed by convention, so beware of assuming that you are able in all cases to predict it on the basis of similarities that you perceive!

    Yes, an uninflected noun placed before another noun is functioning as an attributive modifier. Possessive case nouns, on the other hand, are determiners.

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