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    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 ?

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    Re: part of speech of compound nouns

    Does it really matter?

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    Re: part of speech of compound nouns

    Yes, I need to know, if you wouldn't mind.
    Thank you. :)

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    Re: part of speech of compound nouns

    They are compound nouns, but the first noun is functioning as an adjective IMO.

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    Re: part of speech of compound nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They are compound nouns, but the first noun is functioning as an adjective IMO.
    So, if I am asked such a question in a grammar exercise, this is what I should answer ?

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    Re: part of speech of compound nouns

    For such questions, I simply refer to a dictionary. The part of speech does not have to be dependent on the sentence, hence, if a dictionary gives a single entry for "work permit", I call it whatever the dictionary says -- in this case a noun.
    The part of a sentence is quite a different matter, and a dictionary cannot help.

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