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Industry-specific is a compound noun or different grammatical structure?



 
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Industry-specific is a compound noun or different grammatical structure? #1 (permalink) Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:26 am   Industry-specific is a compound noun or different grammatical structure?
 

Business English Lesson, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #143 "Job Advertising", question 1

Industry- ........., or niche, employment websites are proliferating as places for companies to locate qualified personnel.

(a) controlled
(b) only
(c) particular
(d) specific

Business English Lesson, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #143 "Job Advertising", answer 1

Industry- specific, or niche, employment websites are proliferating as places for companies to locate qualified personnel.

Correct answer: (d) specific

Your answer was: incorrect
Industry- particular, or niche, employment websites are proliferating as places for companies to locate qualified personnel.
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Can you explain Industry-specific is a compound noud or different grammatical structure, please?

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Industry-specific is a compound noun or different grammatical structure? #2 (permalink) Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:31 am   Industry-specific is a compound noun or different grammatical structure?
 

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It is not a compound noun, since the second component ('specific') is an adjective. I can think of nothing better to call it than a hyphenated adjective with a noun as prefix.
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