Unit 3.1

Compound 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 1 Part 2 Compound Noun
air port airport
black board blackboard
cheese cake cheesecake
ear ring earring
fire man fireman
foot ball football
girl friend girlfriend
tea spoon teaspoon
wall paper wallpaper

Example

  • I am waiting for you at the airport.
  • Lessons are conducted by the teacher at the blackboard. 
  • This cheesecake looks delicious, I want a large slice.
  • I can’t find my earring anywhere. 
  • My little brother wants to be a fireman when he grows up. 
  • You need a ball to play football.
  • Today I’m going to the movies with my girlfriend. 

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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