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hela Dec 25th, 2012 04:41 am

part of speech of compound nouns
Hello everyone,

Would you please tell me to what part of speech do these words belong ?

work permit ; video game ; bike trailer...

Should they be listed under the category of:

a) compound nouns = 1 part of speech (does it exist ?)

b) noun (video; work; bike)
+ noun (game; permit; trailer) =
2 similar parts of speech

c) descriptive adjectives OR nouns functioning as adjectives ? (video; work; bike...)
+ nouns (permit; game; trailer) =
2 different parts of speech ?

Many thanks.
I wish you all a merry Christmas.

susan53 Dec 27th, 2012 09:48 am

Re: part of speech of compound nouns
They are all compound nouns consisting of noun + noun. Each part of a compound is described with its normal part of speech. For example...

blackberry : compound noun consisting of adjective + noun
roadworthy : compound adjective consisting of noun + adjective
on-going : compound adjective consisting of preposition + verb
freeze-dried : compound adjective consisting of verb + verb


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