Nancy Gish wrote:
> a "play date" (adjective)
This means "date of the play," hence is not "play" a noun modifying a
noun rather than an adjective. Consider "moving moving moving van":
"Moving" I: An adjective indicating the moving of the moving van is an
emotional experience ???
"Moving" II: A present participle, indicating that the van is in motion.
"Moving" III: A noun, indicating that the van is a van for moving.
Perhaps I and II could be reversed, but neither could reverse with III.
With two modifiers before a noun in English, if one of them is a noun,
the order is adjective noun noun. If the van were clean,
Clean moving moving moving van would be possible, but not
"Moving clean moving moving van"
French Spanish teacher. A woman who is French (adjective) teaching
Spanish French teacher: Spanish an adj.; French a noun.
Or "dirty dirt farmer" but not "dirt dirty farmer." Or "European Chinese
teacher" but not a "Chinese European teacher"