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Attributive Nouns

Sep 1, 2022

What is an Attributive Noun? 

  • An attributive noun is a noun that functions like an adjective. 
  • It can modify another noun. 


  • Chicken soup 
  • Sports car 
  • Prom Queen 
  • Governmnet Official 
  • Nursery school 
  • Book store 
  • Marriage certificate 
  • In all these examples, the first noun acts as adjective and modifies the second noun. 
  • So it is not just any soup. It is ‘chicken’ soup. 
  • It is not just any certificate. It is a ‘Marriage’ certificate. 

Adjectives vs Nouns  

  • Noun – It is a part of speech. It is used to name a person, place, thing, quality, or action. 

Examples: boy, ball, bike, bunny, etc.  

  • Adjective – It is another part of speech. It  is used to give more information about nouns. It modifies nouns

Examples: Sweet, smelly, spicey, grey, Bitter, etc. 

Adjective - Noun (which gets modified)
Noun - Noun (which gets modified)


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