Hi teachers,

The structure baffles me.

Excerpts:

When Nancy upton entered American Apparel's "Next BIG Thing" search for a plus-size model, her goal was to mockingly protest the company.

Why isn't "that searches" or maybe "searching"?

Thanks

Tinanam
No. 'Search' is the noun core of the noun phrase 'American Apparel's "Next Big Thing" search for a plus-size model'.
Hi Mister Micawber,

Thank you for answering the question. Does "which searches" or "searching" work?

Tinanam
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No.
Hi Mister Micawber,

That is how I would write the sentence. And I understand it is a noun, not a verb. Can we use a verb: search? Would you tell me what is wrong with the sentences below.

When Nancy entered American Apparel's "Next BiG Thing, which searched for a plus-size model, her goal was to ......

When Nancy entered American Apparel's "Next BIG Thing, which was searching for a plus-size model, her goal was to...

Thank you.

Tinanam
Would you tell me what is wrong with the sentences below. -- They are not the natural choice.
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Hi Mister Micawber,

I understand. Thank you.

Tinanam