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'[OT] calculating mAh for a battery'
2011\02\12@050408 by Gerhard Fiedler

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IVP wrote:

>> I guess that's why they decided that units should be treated like any
>> other noun -- it just makes sense.
>
> When "volt" is a noun.
>
> "How many volts ?" - noun
>
> "12-volt battery" - adjective. 'battery' is the noun

I'm not really the grammar buff, but isn't the "12-volt" an attributive
noun (but still a noun)? Something like "three-year sentence" or "car
dealer".

This also explains the singular (common for noun adjuncts), differently
from a "battery with a voltage of 12 volts".

Gerhar

2011\02\12@062608 by IVP

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> I'm not really the grammar buff, but isn't the "12-volt" an attributive
> noun (but still a noun)?

Yes, a noun adjunct. Loosely (perhaps subjectively) an adjective

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attributive_adjective#Attributive_adjective

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2011\02\12@062649 by IVP

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>> Lux ?
>
> What do you suggest as the plural for lux? If you suggest luxes you'd
> be liable to be out of luck :-) (or lux or luxes)

Might have been wandering off in the dark there.... so to speak

Doesn't have separate singular or plural forms

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux

Like thrips, sheep, moose ...

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