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Autor:  Ricardo - EMB
E-mail:  emb@sk.com.br
Data:  07/JAN/2014 8:47 PM
Assunto:  education vs. educational
 
Mensagem:  Hi Fran,
Education is a noun, while educational is an adjective. In English however nouns can be used as adjectives. For this reason, both forms - educational company and education company - are possible and correct. They may have different connotations though. To my ears, an educational company would be a company that educates, which does not make a lot of sense. An education company would be a company that operates in the field of education, which sounds better to me. Native speakers may have a more accurate opinion.
You can see more about nouns used as adjectives at:
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/nouns-adjective.htm
Happy 2014 for all of you!!
Ricardo - EMB


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
education vs. educational  –  Fran  06/JAN/2014, 6:18 PM
 education vs. educational  –  Ricardo - EMB  07/JAN/2014, 8:47 PM
education vs. educational  –  pat  08/JAN/2014, 10:33 AM

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