LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||17/JAN/2010 1:27 AM|
|Assunto:||Com S ou Sem S??|
I never think of the plural or singular in cases such as " Sales Assistant "; I see it as if it was a compound noun (although I know it isn't).
Off the top of my head I could give you a few examples: Foreign Affairs Department, International Relations Office, customs declaration form, news agency, sports announcer, National Grocers Association, Retailers association, Real Estate Sales Statistics, etc.
Anyhow, not being a grammar expert myself, I believe the idea is that it is still a noun although it is being used as an adjective therefore the plural is acceptable.
Please note that you can say: foreign affairs officer and not foreigns affair officer, because the word foreign is an adjective itself while affair is noun that can be pluralized.
If a word before a noun is pluralized it is because it is a noun being used as an adjective - not a pluralized adjective.
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