Sáng asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 12 months ago

I am learning English, so we don't use "noun + noun" when we say about people, do we?

1 We don't use "noun + noun" when we say about people, do we?

We don't say :

Doctor clothes, teacher chalk, man watch, nurse uniform, student uniform ...

2 But we can use "noun + noun" when we say about animal, don't we?

We say :

Bird eggs, bird feathers, bird cages, pig tail ...


10 Answers

  • 12 months ago
    Favourite answer

    In some cases, the first word is used as an adjective or an abbreviation of the possessive adjective.

    Some, like 'bird cage' or 'battle field' can be thought of as a compound noun that has a meaning of its own. A "pig tail" has a meaning that differs from a "pig's tail".

    We also use this compound construction in relation to people when we say things like 'man flu', 'train driver', 'bus conductor', 'gas fitter', 'car mechanic'.

    Where the second word denotes something belonging to the first word, we would use the possessive adjective, so we might say "doctor's office" or "nurse's uniform".

  • 11 months ago

    Don't worry too much about this kind of thing. Instead, read as much as you can, and your brain will automatically absorb the standard expressions.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    I'm sorry that you are so confused.

    It's adjective + noun, in all cases.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    people talking 21st century american newspeak DO use words like that.

    people who prefer old-fashioned clarity will use a hyphen: pig-tail, father-figure, sex-partner, train-driver

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    Yes, it can be used, depending on context.

    It's just not as simple as yes or no.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Yes, we can. Teacher talk, user error, student loan, father figure, etc.

    Lv 5
    12 months ago

    Yes simply because language was built by man for man, not for animals or other creatures.

  • 12 months ago

    it is possible to use a noun as an adjective, as in mom jeans or driver error. Sometimes that can even be used for describing people. Movie star, say. Sometimes these get turned into compound nouns with use.

  • 12 months ago

    We do say things like MAN CAVE, etc.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    I'll 8am to get a job paying that much tho

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