wasps' nest or wasps nest?


Is it, wasps' nest or wasps nest?

asked Feb 17 '11 at 09:06 Noel Jones New member

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Personally, I would rewrite it as "wasp nest."  In this case, noun-as-adjective, where a noun (wasp) is descriptive of another noun (nest,) is invariable in number and thus the modifying noun should be presented in singular form with the exception of nouns which exist only in plural form, such as "clothes" in the phrase "clothes line."  If you want to make it possessive, use the singular possession rules unless dealing with the always-plural situation, then follow the rules for the plural form of the word in question, but I am not sure invoking the possessive form remains correct.

link comment answered Aug 18 '14 at 16:12 Jason J Hoogervorst Expert

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