Combination of two or more words.

Compound nouns can be written in three different ways.

A Single word: hairspray courtroom microwave bedroom
  toothpaste underground headphone birthday
Two words: dental floss ice cream swimming pool bus stop
  full moon monthly ticket post office real estate
Hyphenated: self-learning sister-in-law Jack-o`-lanterns dry-cleaning
  x-ray well-being good-morning go-between

 

Compound nouns can be formed with two nouns. Examples:

  • Don`t forget to put your toothbrush back in the drawer.
  • David bought a new motorcycle.

Compound nouns can be formed with an adjective and a noun. Examples:

  • When is the next full moon?
  • My computer has a new software.

Compound nouns can be made with a verb and a noun. Examples:

  • We need a new washing machine.
  • Start thinking about your driving license. You are 16 now!

Compound nouns can be made with a noun and a verb. Examples:

  • She has an old hairstyle.
  • Some people love watching the sunrise at the beach.

Compound nouns can be made with a verb and a preposition. Examples:

  • Checkout is at noon.
  • Please call the doctor`s office to schedule your check-up.

Compound nouns can be made with a noun and a prepositional phrase:

  • My mother-in-law is the kindest person I know.

Compound nouns can be made with a preposition and a noun:

  • Do you believe in past lives?
  • This city is vibrant, so it’s hard to believe it has a thriving criminal underworld.

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English Grammar 101: Compound Nouns

List of compound nouns

List of compound nouns – one word