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Unit 3.1

Nouns – Compounds


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

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

Below you can read a list of the most common compound nouns:

bed room bedroom
black board blackboard
cheese cake cheesecake
ear ring earring
fire man fireman
foot ball football
tea spoon teaspoon
wall paper wallpaper
girl friend girlfriend
  • There is a bed in the bedroom.
  • A blackboard is a board often used in schools.
  • A cheesecake is my favourite cake.
  • She’s got 4 earrings in her right ear.
  • 50 firemen were trying to fight the fire.
  • You need a ball to play football.
  • Stir your tea with a teaspoon.
  • This wall is covered with blue wallpaper.

Each part of the compound noun has its own meaning. The result of the combination of the two parts is a new word with a new meaning.

A compound noun is a noun where two or more existing words are combined to make a new one.

By combining two or more words with their own meaning, the new noun will have a new meaning in itself.

For example:
Bed (= resting place) + room (= portion of space surrounded by walls) Bedroom (= room 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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