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Posted by on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 5:39pm.

What part of speech is the word surveillance in "surveillance camera"?

Also what part of speech is video in "home video"?

Are they just considered part of the noun, or do they modify the nouns they come before, making them adjectives?

  • Grammar - , Friday, November 5, 2010 at 5:40pm

    Sorry, I mistyped...I should have asked what the word "home" was, not "video".

  • Grammar - , Friday, November 5, 2010 at 5:42pm

    "Surveillance" is usually a noun, but in this case it's acting like an adjective, modifying "camera."

    In "home video," the word "video" is a noun.

    It would be helpful to see the entire sentences, though, not just a phrase.

  • Grammar - , Friday, November 5, 2010 at 5:42pm

    Tell me what you think about "home."

  • Grammar - , Friday, November 5, 2010 at 5:48pm

    You might read this webpage (all of it) about compound words ... then let us know what you think.

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/compounds.htm

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