Eleanor Meecham | April 13, 2016
We all know what a noun is, right? It’s a word that names a thing — whether concrete (like ‘table’ or ‘apple’) or abstract (like ‘project’ or ‘idea’).
A ‘noun string’ is several nouns or adjectives (describing words) all in a row. Every word in the row adds to the meaning of the final noun. Here are some examples:
response performance problem
human resource development project
draft native flora protection regulations
single comb leghorn pathogen free chickens
real time ultrasonographic blood flow detection techniques
pre-approved credit card credit limit increase acceptance form
As you can see, the longer the noun string, the harder it is to read and the less sense it seems to make. If you care about your reader, you’ll avoid writing long noun strings.
Untangling noun strings is easy:
The verbs are in bold.
people’s rights promotion rally
rally to promote people’s rights
healthy eating education programme
programme to educate people about eating healthily
university student health and wellbeing monitoring scheme
scheme to monitor the health and wellbeing of university students
independent child school travel safety improvement report
report on improving the safety of children travelling independently to school