What Are Compound Nouns? (with Examples)
What Are Compound Nouns? (with Examples)A compound noun is one comprising at least two words. (Sometimes, they are hyphenated.)
Examples of Compound NounsHere are some examples of compound nouns:
Hyphens in Compound NounsThere are three forms for compound nouns:
- With Spaces: swimming pool, grey matter, fish tank
- Without Spaces: shotgun, housework, eyelid
- With Hyphens: baby-sitter, laughing-gas, daughter-in-law
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Composition of Compound NounsMost compound nouns are made up of two nouns or an adjective and a noun. For example:
- Noun + Noun: Bath tub, witchcraft, seaman, wall-paper
- Adjective + Noun: Hardware, highway, full moon, whiteboard
|Part of Speech||+||Part of Speech||=||Compound Noun|
|Sauce (noun)||+||Pan (noun)||=||Saucepan|
|Soft (adjective)||+||Ware (noun)||=||Software|
|Sun (noun)||+||Rise (verb)||=||Sunrise|
|In (preposition)||+||Flux (noun)||=||Influx|
|Out (preposition)||+||Put (Verb)||=||Output|
|Check (verb)||+||Out (preposition)||=||Checkout|
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