Attributive Nouns in Grammar

An attributive noun is a noun that alters another noun and functions as an adjective. Called a noun premodifier, a noun adjunct, and a converted adjective.

Illustrations and Observations:

  • 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.