The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison

Avoid noun strings


Unless readers are familiar with your terminology (or jargon), avoid using phrases with many consecutive nouns (noun strings).


Noun string: MHS has a hospital employee relations improvement program.

Correction: MHS has a program to improve relations among employees.

Noun string: NASA continues to work on the International Space Station astronaut living-quarters module development project.

Correction: NASA is still developing the module that will provide living quarters for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.