posted by JFer on .
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?
Sorry, I mistyped...I should have asked what the word "home" was, not "video".
"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.
Tell me what you think about "home."
You might read this webpage (all of it) about compound words ... then let us know what you think.