Anyone know what this plural rule is?


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    Anyone know what this plural rule is?

    I heard a report on the car radio on the way to work this morning. The reporter, referring to several people with the title "Attorney General", called them "Attorneys General"
    It sounds weird. I just wondered if there's a rule for when its supposed to be worded like that. ta
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    When the second word or phrase modifies the first. Passersby. Rights of way.
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    Attorneys General is correct, more people get these types of plural wrong than right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppsage View Post
    When the second word or phrase modifies the first. Passersby. Rights of way.
    Culs-de-sac.

    For a more common example, consider miles/kilometers per hour. No one gets confused by that, and it's certainly correct.
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