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    Default parts of speech of "root rot"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me how you would parse the following compounds ?

    - However, do not overwater or let the plant sit in water since they are susceptible to (a) root rot and there is no "cure" for (b) root rot.

    - The disease which infected the trees is (c) root rot.

    a) compound verb made up of "root" a noun used as an adverb (?) + "rot" verb.
    b + c) compound nouns made up of "root" a noun used as an adjective + "rot" noun.

    Thank you for your help and best wishes.

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    Default Re: parts of speech of "root rot"

    No, it is a noun (root) used as an adjective (for the noun rot).

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    Default Re: parts of speech of "root rot"

    The second, I think. Two nouns together. As in "crotch rot", :)

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    Default Re: parts of speech of "root rot"

    So in all three cases "root rot" is a compound noun: "root" a noun used as adjective, and "rot" a noun ?

    Thanks again

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    Default Re: parts of speech of "root rot"

    To decide whether or not a compound noun is one item or a noun modified by an adjective, or two nouns, e.g. "dog house", I defer to a dictionary and look to see if the words are given as a single entry.

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