This comes from Canadian English-speaking Gino.
Particular to English, there are many exceptions to the grammar
rules: some are based on logic, some are based on phonetics, and
very many are based on meaning.
“three French girl students” doesn’t sound right, and it doesn’t
The problem is, the multiple qualifiers example I presented in my
site is a “forced” or “unnatural” one, used only for
exemplification. Nobody would use that many qualifiers. However, the
problem is still there: why “3 French girls students” and not “3
French girl students”?
Morphologically, “3 French girl students” is correct;
Semantically, “3 French girls students” is correct.
Between the two above, semantics rules in English. The qualifier
“French girl” names an entire category of nouns (girl), but there
cannot be such thing. However, there may be a category of nouns
named “French girls”-- it makes sense, and this is the most
important rule in English.
Anyway, I want to apologize here to all visitors at
http://www.corollarytheorems.com because I am certain there are many
grammatical mistakes in those pages. I simply do not have the time
to correct them, but I promise I will do it, in few months. For the
time being, I work on editing “Logically Structured English Grammar”
which should be published in August 2006. The LSEG book has about
500 pages by now, and it is a very good grammar tool with thousands
of examples, hundreds of tables, charts and so on.
If any of you Ladies and Gentlemen would like to point out
grammatical mistakes to me, please send me an email at
email@example.com in text format only, and using a
decent, descriptive subject name.
Thank you all,