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I thought to write the following:

"We are a beginner and an advanced surfers."

Does it sound okay to you?

My (native English speaker) friend (but Kiwi...) says it's supposed to be "surfer" singular; what do you think?

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Your friend is right.

Although it is correct English when thus amended, your formulation is a little unusual to my mind. I think many people would say "One of us is a beginner and the other is an advanced surfer".

Zohar Levibut Kiwi

They speak good English down in New Zealand!

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("a Kiwi" - can't edit my post.)

I found the following, and I'm not sure if the answer is conclusive:

first link:

english.stackexchange.com/questions/111152/adjective-and-adjective-noun-should-the-noun-be-singular-or-plural

second link:

english.stackexchange.com/questions/221331/plural-or-singular-noun-when-it-refers-to-two-things-in-a-list

Zohar LeviI found the following,

The threads that you refer to are talking about the situation when two adjectives or attributive nouns modify the same final noun. In your sentence, "We are a beginner and an advanced surfer", the word "beginner" is more likely to be interpreted as a separate noun, not as a modifier of "surfer". While the phrase "beginner surfer" is possible, "beginner" is not such an obvious modifier as to necessarily encourage us to make this interpretation in your original sentence. Note also that in "beginner surfer" the word "beginner" is not a true adjective but an attributive noun.

Sorry, I overlooked the content of your subject line "Two Adjectives For A Noun", otherwise I would have mentioned this in my first reply.

If I got it right, then here it's floor and not floors:

https://www.englishforums.com/English/FloorOrFloors/hjkdd/post.htm

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