One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Even nouns such as groceries and trousers, which in their referential use obligatorily appear in plural form, lack the plural inflection in compounds: a grocery store, a trouser factory.’
- ‘After everyone obligatorily restored the room to its default state, they congregated one last time outdoors for photo opportunities and idle chitchat.’
- ‘They speak intimately of the value of art history for the artist; not as a dry subject, obligatorily learnt in darkened lecture theatres with projected slides, but lived art history, seen with fresh eyes, big with wonder, at great museums.’
- ‘‘Yes sir,’ The driver responded obligatorily as Josef pushed the button to raise the divider between the cabins.’
- ‘Where once crime novels were obligatorily set in English villages or country houses, now they crop up everywhere, like alternative guidebooks.’
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