A compound noun is one comprising at least two words.
(Sometimes, they are hyphenated.)
says you need 3 spoonfuls of cooking-oil.
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Hyphens in Compound Nouns
There are three forms for compound nouns:
There are no definitive rules on which form to use. You have to use your spellchecker or a dictionary. Be aware that many of the words exist in several forms. There is more on this subject in the lesson hyphens in compound nouns.
- With Spaces: swimming pool, grey matter, fish tank
- Without Spaces: shotgun, housework, eyelid
- With Hyphens: baby-sitter, laughing-gas, daughter-in-law
Composition of Compound Nouns
Most compound nouns are made up of two nouns or an adjective and a noun. For example:
However, there are other combinations:
- 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|
Hyphens in compound nouns
Forming the plurals of compound nouns
What are nouns?
The different types of nouns
What are pronouns?
The different types of pronouns
Non-countable nouns (mass nouns)
Verbal nouns (gerunds)
Do a test on abstract nouns, compound nouns, collective nouns
Do a test on abstract nouns and concrete nouns