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"volunteer conservationists" or "voluntary conservationists"

Postby thieudatvo » Thu May 31, 2012 2:14 am

What is the difference between "volunteer conservationists" and "voluntary conservationists"?
Which phrase is often used?

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Re: "volunteer conservationists" or "voluntary conservationi

Postby Alan » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:40 am

Grammatically, the first uses an attributive noun 'volunteer' and the second a true adjective (voluntary). In contemporary usage, the first is the more common.

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