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Hi,

I heard that when a noun (possibly nouns too?) is used as an adjective, it should be singular, but that doesn't seem to be true for all cases. Only for certain circumstances/situations? Then, when?

I found these under that heading of "Policies and Procedures" for Human Resources Managment.

Pllease look all the plural nouns that are used as adjecitves.

Education, training and skills (not skill??) Development policy -- Why capitalize just "Developement"?

Private phone calls policy

Employment Contrcats policy -- Why capitalize "Employment Contracts" (possibly because there might be an internal document named "Employement Contracts"?? Any other possible reasons you can think of?)

Gifts, donationas and sponsorship policy

Mannagement of payments, receipts and cash resources policy -- Can all those words arranged that way be a composite adjective?

Public Relations Policy -- Why capitalize all words?
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I think all those plurals in your sentences are OK. Just get used to them, because they are used by many people, thus are idiomatic.

>Can all those words arranged that way be a composite adjective?
Yes.
Thank you.

When should a person follow this recommendation -- if that is one?

I heard that when a noun (possibly nouns too?) is used as an adjective, it should be singular.

eg

ant farm, not ants fram

pencil holder, not pencils holder
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Those are generally correct in singular, but those are single words, not a compound. In a compound, I think you must make sure it is right by itself, and only then that it's an adjective.
The original poster may want to read this:
Compound Words
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/compounds.htm
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You may have a look at these examples in books, thus proofread by editors who know how to write:

50 on "and skills policy" [the majority choice
http://books.google.com/books?q=%22and+skills+policy%22&btnG=Search+Books
4 on "and skill policy" [only one is relevant
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Managing Human Resources: Personnel Management in Transition - Page 233
by Stephen Bach - Business & Economics - 2005 - 480 pages

Brown, N., Corney, M. and Stanton, G. 2004: Breaking out of the Silos, 14—30

Education and Skills Policy, London: Nigel Brown Associates. ...

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Thank you. I looked through the site for its help on Compound Words

Compound Words

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/compounds.htm

And the only section that seem to reveal relevancy to the issue we are talkng about is this :

As a general rule, then, the plural form of an element in a hierarchical term belongs to the base element in the term, regardless of the base element's placement:

  • first sergeants
  • sergeants major
  • sergeants first class
  • colonel generals [Russian]
  • lieutenant generals
  • lieutenant colonels
  • apprentice, journeyman, and master mechanics
  • deputy librarians
  • deputy assistant secretaries of state


  • This doesn't give me clear answers to my questions: why plurals in all these phrases?

    Gifts, dontations, and sponsorship policy

    Public Relations Policy -- This one seems to be good in that we normally use the phrase "public relations," -- only rarely do we use "public reation."; maybe in "public relation issue."

    Marius said:

    "In a compound, I think you must make sure it is right by itself, and only then that it's an adjective.'

    What do you mean?
Well, see this thread elsewhere:

Noun modifiers
http://thegrammarexchange.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/340600179/m/4121029663?r=5611057863#56110...
where it is mentioned that:

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…However, the plural attributive construction is on the increase, particularly in BrE where it is more common than in AmE, eg:

careers guidance
a grants committee
a new systems analyst
an appointments officer
the policy and resources working party"
*A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, by Quirk et al. Longman 1985
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