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Autor:  Fran
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Data:  17/JAN/2010 1:27 AM
Assunto:  Com S ou Sem S??
Mensagem:  ABS,

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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Com S ou Sem S??  –  ABS  16/JAN/2010, 6:07 PM
Com S ou Sem S??  –  PPAULO  16/JAN/2010, 6:21 PM
 Com S ou Sem S??  –  Fran  17/JAN/2010, 1:27 AM
Com S ou Sem S?  –  Josi  17/JAN/2010, 12:23 PM
Com S ou Sem S?  –  ABS  17/JAN/2010, 8:48 PM
Com S ou Sem S?  –  PPAULO  17/JAN/2010, 9:04 PM
Com S ou Sem S?  –  orlando  18/JAN/2010, 2:49 AM
Com S ou Sem S?  –  Fran  18/JAN/2010, 4:10 PM

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