Unit 3.1

Compound Nouns

Nouns

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Introduction

Nouns refer to a person, place, thing, event, substance or quality.

A compound noun is a noun formed by a combination of words.

Form

A compound noun is a noun formed by two or more existing words which are combined to create a whole new noun.

The most commonly used compound nouns are:

Part 1Part 2Compound Noun
airportairport
blackboardblackboard
cheesecakecheesecake
earringearring
firemanfireman
footballfootball
girlfriendgirlfriend
teaspoonteaspoon
wallpaperwallpaper

Example

  • Air + Port ⇒ I am waiting for you at the airport.
  • Black + board ⇒ A blackboard is a board often used in schools.
  • Foot + Ball ⇒ You need a ball to play football.

Use

We use compound nouns to create new words with new meaning.

Summary

A compound noun is a noun that is formed by two or more words and has a new meaning.

The most commonly used are: airport, blackboard, cheesecake, earring, fireman, football, girlfriend, teaspoon, wallpaper

For example:
Bed (resting place) + room (place surrounded by walls) → Bedroom (place with a bed used to rest).

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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