In English, two or more nouns can be combined in several ways. In this post we show you four of the main ways that nouns can be combined.
- ’s possessive: today’s meeting, Google’s objective, Lee’s desk
- one noun used as an adjective: labour costs, business card, a lunchtime talk
Note: The noun acting as an adjective precedes the noun being described. It answers the question “What?”
Q: “What type of costs are these?” A: They are costs related to labour: labour costs
Q: “What type of card is this?” A: It is a card related to business: a business card
Q: “What kind of talk is this?” A: It is a talk given at lunchtime: a lunchtime talk
- joined with ‘of’: director of operations, letter of credit, the nature of work
- joined into one word: workforce, database
Next week we’ll explain how to combine nouns using hyphens.