ASK A QUESTION Palabras clave
Can someone explain why Key words is "palabras clave" and not "palabras claves"? What is the difference in meaning? Thanks!
Well, this is a very interesting question... In "palabra clave", the second word is a noun working as an adjective, so the plural is not applied to it. Here are other examples:
- Pez globo (blowfish) => Peces globo (blowfishes)
- Hombre araña (spiderman) => Hombres araña (spidermen)
- Perro lobo (wolfhound) => Perros lobo (wolfhounds)
- Sofá cama (sofa bed) => Sofás cama (sofa beds)
- Falda pantalón (a kind of skirt) => Faldas pantalón
Well, this is a very interesting question... In "palabra clave", the second word is a noun working as an adjective, so the plural is not applied to it.
Great answer. We have a few of those in English, but not many - One Sergeant Major Two Sergeants Major
There are other terms, especially in areas of military and hierarchy, that exist too.
I've always suspected that that for-English-unusual construct, filtered down from military terms in Latin and from ancient Rome directly into English, and thus that, for us, unusual word order.
Hi. I'm not sure where you found that, but in the dictionary here the adjective matches the noun.
Palabra clave = keyword