Nouns used as adjectives 

  • Normal use

    Nouns used as adjectives are rarely used in their plural form.

    Exemple correcte Mr Martorell presented the guidelines for mobility programmes.

    Exemple correcte Mr Martorell presented the mobility programme guidelines.


    However, there are some noteworthy exceptions, such as admissions office, materials science, genomics data, sports ground and accounts office.

  • Areas of knowledge as adjectives

    When the plural names of disciplines are used as adjectives, they maintain their plural form. Therefore, economic and economics used as an adjective have two different meanings.

    Exemple correcte The Department is beginning a series of CPD courses for its economics lecturers.

    Exemple correcte Attaining sufficient economic support is a vital aspect of university governance.
Darrera actualització: 27-10-2017
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Recommended citation:
«Nouns used as adjectives» [en línia]. A: Criteris de la Universitat de Barcelona (CUB). Style Guide. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <http://www.ub.edu/cub/criteri.php?id=2425> [consulta: 23 setembre 2021].